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How to Know If You Suffer from ‘Tech Addiction’

Do you suffer from frustration and anxiety when you don’t have access to your smartphone or the Internet? If so, you may be suffering from a form of technology addiction. Don’t worry though, you’re not alone. According to new research from the software company FrontRange, an emotional dependence on technology is increasingly common. They recently surveyed 800 smartphone users in the UK and found that nearly half of them check their phones at least every hour. Two thirds said that they wouldn’t be able to go without their phones for even a day. More than half said that they suffer from actual anxiety when they are unable to access their mobile device. If you can relate to the findings, the researchers have some advice: Go on a tech detox. They found that if people decide to only use their phones during emergencies, within about a week, the signs of tech dependency began to subside. (Of course, reading slices on RELEVANTmagazine.com counts as an emergency) …

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