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More people dealing with addiction to cell phones

Today, two-thirds of workers have smart phones. Today, two-thirds of workers have smart phones.
Some say the result is a society in a love/hate relationship with their phone. Some say the result is a society in a love/hate relationship with their phone.
Even our kids know how to connect. Little ones like 3-year-old Lily Mohundro, who showed off her skills for our cameras. Even our kids know how to connect. Little ones like 3-year-old Lily Mohundro, who showed off her skills for our cameras.

It's a story about dealing with addiction, in this case some feel they need a digital detox.

Today, two-thirds of workers have smart phones. That means more workers than ever have an ability to be connected to not only people at home, but work constantly. It's a group that now includes not just doctors, lawyers, and law-enforcement – but also teachers, routine office staff and retail workers.

Some say the result is a society in a love/hate relationship with their phone. When you add things like email and Facebook to texting and calls, people say the stress of feeling like others expect an immediate response is too much.

But some of you told us you don't want an intervention.

"It's my life," said Bethany Beggs, of Scott County.

Beggs calls herself a cell phone addict.

"I'm afraid I'm going to miss something," said Beggs. "I panic when I don't see my cell for three or four minutes."

As a working woman Beggs says she uses her phone all the time.

"With the newer technology I use it for emails, texting, Facebook and the news," said Beggs.

She is not alone.

"How much does it bother you if an hour or two goes by and you haven't responded to an email or text?" we asked Stacey Clover, of Jackson.

"That doesn't happen," said Clover.

Clover works from home as a graphic designer for iCreativeMedia.

"My clients contact me all day long," said Clover. "They think I'm awake because they may be on a diff time zone. My phone is important."

Clover says people expect a response, and she delivers. She says she'd rather have the stress than no service.

"I don't like to feel disconnected from it but if I need a break I will put it down for a little bit," said Clover.

"Addicted, well I guess that's the only nice way to put it," laughed Scott County Sheriff, Rick Walter. Sheriff Walter said staying constantly on-call has always been part of his job, but his smart phone makes it easier.

"I take it everywhere I go," said Sheriff Walter. "Everything comes through this phone."

Like many others, Sheriff Walter admits he checks it several times a night.

"I get kind of aggravated sometimes because it goes off all the time, but if I walk away from it I miss it," Sheriff Walter said. "My wife, she's used to it," he laughed

Besides texting and emails, people say smart phones contribute to the Facebook addiction.

Within seconds of our Facebook post via cell phone asking if anyone out there feels addicted, multiple responses rolled in. Shelley Darnall of Portageville said: "It's out of control."

Even our kids know how to connect. Little ones like 3-year-old Lily Mohundro, who showed off her skills for our cameras.

She learned from watching dad, our Heartland News photographer Mike Mohundro. Yes, in the news business we are shamelessly attached to our phones.

"I am addicted to my phone," said Mohundro. "It just has to be in my sight."

Mohundro says they limit Lily's phone use to educational games and calls to mom.

"Yeah, she knows how to use it," Mohundro said with a smile.

Last year researchers at Baylor and Seton Hall found that cell phone addiction is actually similar to a shopping addiction.

Health experts say if you want to lessen your stress, try to at least not sleep with your phone at night. The thing is most of you told us you don't want to be cured from your addiction.

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