Texting Addiction Is A Growing Problem

Teen Texting Addiction

In the ever-expanding world of addiction 12-step programs, there exist Gamblers Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and even Over-Eaters Anonymous, and according to specialists in Britain, Text Messagers Anonymous may soon be next.

The Priory Clinic, one of Britain’s best known psychiatric clinics and a respected authority on addiction, announced Monday that there has been a huge rise in technology-related addictions recently, and in particular, addictions to text messaging and internet surfing.

“We have a situation where some people look down on alcoholics and cocaine addicts, but then go and spend five hours in an Internet chat room,” Priory Clinic employee Dr. Mark Collins said in an interview with London’s Sunday Telegraph.

Text messaging, or sending quick notes through cell phones, has been increasing in popularity since it first debuted Dec. 3, 1992, when an engineer named Neil Papworth sent the first text message saying “MERRY CHRISTMAS” to his colleagues at Vodafone, from a PC to a mobile phone on the Vodafone GSM network in the UK. It was not until 1999 that text messaging took off, however, when mobile phone companies allowed users to send texts to people signed up with other networks.

Now, the rapid-fire messaging service is available through almost all cellular carriers, and with the average company charging 10-15 cents per text, the spending can easily add up if users fail to monitor their usage.

“I don’t really worry about it too much because it’s cheaper during the day to text than call when I don’t have many daytime minutes,” University of Wisconsin freshman Amanda Blomquist said. “But I don’t really do it an insane amount or anything.”

Employees at the Priory Clinic have reported some patients spending up to seven hours a day text messaging. And according to UW assistant professor of psychology Charles Landry, that is when a simple habit can be taken too far and it can become a texting addiction.

“Addiction is an odd thing,” Landry said. “More and more, we are finding that everyone is genetically able to develop an addiction, but it is still unknown why some people develop addictions to some things, and other people completely different things.”

Landry went on to explain that addictions in general stem from the brain’s prefrontal cortex, where decisions are made and rewards are registered. Addictions are created in the brain when a certain activity or product stimulates the release of the hormone dopamine, which then creates a pleasurable chemical rush through the body.

“In an addiction, such as text addiction, the decision-making aspect of the prefrontal cortex is kind of ignored, and the result is the person will do an act over and over without the hesitation a ‘normal’ person would have, in order to receive that rush,” Landry said.

According to Landry, there are really no effective cures for addictions yet, but with an addiction like text messaging, cognitive therapy would usually be the best option.

“There are no drugs you can take to cure this yet,” Landry said. “But often times the addiction will be a symptom of a larger problem such as depression or anxiety, and they can prescribe medicine for the treatment of those problems.”

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SMS Texting Addiction: When You Just Can’t Stop Texting

The number of texting addicts is on the rise. A internet therapy center in Scandinavia has treated around 60 addicts since 1998 and this number is believed to be under reported.

Asia has not been spared either. According to Telecoms Korea, 3 out of 10 Korean high school students who carry mobile phones are reported to be addicted to mobile phones. The report also added, a big 21% of 270 high school students carrying cell phones responded that they feel anxious when their handsets are not in their hands and 8% of them said that they feel very frustrated without mobile phones. 10% of the respondents already reported of pain in the shoulder or wrist. This is repetitive strain injury – pressing small keyboards of cell phones causes poor blood circulation and pain in the shoulder.

The immediate effect of sms text addiction, called by some as compulsive text messaging, is repetitive strain injury. This dries out the lubricating fluid between tendons of your hands, shoulders and wrists.

Those exhibiting this type of addiction are also prone to depression, anxiousness and sleep disorder, aside from the monetary effects to the person and his/her family.

Many people affected by this technology addiction are still on their denial stage claiming there is no such thing as sms texting addiction. In the early days of marijuana and cocaine, addiction also went unrecognized until people realized they were addicted into it and it was already too late for them to respond rationally.

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Why are people quick to look down on alcoholics or drug addicts, but then go out and spend 12 hours in Internet chatrooms? Compulsive text messaging are sending people to clinics for treating their technology addictions. And this number is rising.

The World Health Organization has defined addiction as a pathological relationship with a mood-altering substance or experience that has life damaging consequences. So this means an addiction need not be with a mood-altering substance like marijuana or alcohol but it could also be an experience or an activity like Internet chatting or SMS text messaging.

People should start getting serious about this malady. Somebody close to you may be into it but you refuse to recognize that it exists. Learn to recognize the common signs like denial, tolerance, withdrawal, obsession, compulsion, and isolation. These signs are common symptoms in almost all addictions.

Daily, we’ve seen new SMS applications introduced into the market. The market for SMS texting is getting more lucrative intended to make people absorb as much of this technology in their daily lives. The more SMS texting becomes a part of us, the more addicting it will become, the more problems we will have to deal with in the future. Simply, treat technology as a tool and never an extension of our lives. As long as we keep on that perspective, chances of being manipulated by these latest gadgets, gizmos and applications will be slim.

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How To Help Your Teen Text Addict!

Teenage Texting Addiction

by Linda Montgomery – Children’s Health Researcher, Mother of 3, and Author

Dear Friend,

Are you struggling with a teen that can’t stop texting?   Have you been feeling frustrated and angry with yourself because you can’t make them stop – no matter what you say or do?

If your answer is “yes” then I’m sorry you’re going through this – I know exactly how you feel because I personally went through the same agony not that long ago.

I had a two year long standoff with my daughter over her texting until I finally found a way to help her stop, and it feels so good to have my happy, healthy, normal daughter back!

What you’re about to read is the most powerful system that has ever been created for helping your teen kick the texting habit once and for all.   Although text and cell phone addiction rates are increasing, most people don’t know how to cope – and most don’t even know this system exists.

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I Finally Found The Answer!

Teenage Texting Addiction I even interviewed psychologists and counselors! I tried everything they told me but the arguments were still happening, the tense atmosphere around the house was still there almost all the time, and life was difficult… until I met who I call “The Rebel Counselor”.

He didn’t approach his job like most of his colleagues. He pushes the boundaries of counseling and suggested I try something completely out of the ordinary… something so clever – yet so simple – that I drove home and starting trying it right away. After 2 years of having a “zombie” daughter, what did I have to lose?

In less than 2 weeks of trying his methods, my daughter’s texting slowed down by at least 50% – and within one month she was what I would consider “back to normal.”

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Teenage Texting Addiction

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