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Are We Addicted to Our Cell Phones?

Wow, really?  Have we become addicted to our cell phones?

Can it really be?

Oops, gotta a call coming in.  Just a moment. . .

Okay,  Just a friend asking what I'm doing right now.

Where were we?

Oh, cell phone addiction.  According to a 2012 study out of Baylor University, we are and more to the point, this is driven by "materialism and impulsiveness."  Worse yet, this addiction can be "compared to pathologies like compulsive buying and credit card misuse."
Pathologies.  Whoof.

"Cell phones are a part of our consumer culture," said study author James Roberts, Ph.D., professor of marketing and the Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. "They are not just a consumer tool, but are used as a status symbol. They're also eroding our personal relationships."

Cell phones are part of the conspicuous consumption ritual  pacifies the impulsive tendencies of the user, and play an important role in bot…