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Are You Addicted to the Internet?

January 6, 20149 min
One out of every eight Americans experiences signs of internet addiction, and 34 percent check their smartphones before getting out of bed.It happens to you all the time... you thought you'd pop online to check your Facebook and before you know it five hours have passed. Your cell phone is running low on battery and you get anxious at the thought of not having it turned on; or not having it in your hands.You're constantly checking your Facebook, Twitter, and searching around Google in the morning, during commuting hours, before tucking into bed at night and all the time in-between.You want to rip your hair out when your Internet gives out for no reason and find yourself a little embarrassed to admit to your friends how you spend your free time (watching cat videos on YouTube).It's okay; you're just addicted to the Internet and your cell phone.Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut, Dr. David Greenfield, PhD, shares why cell and Internet addiction is on the rise and the treatment options available.

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