Smart Phones and Internet Addiction

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TAMPA, Fl. (CBS News) – Do you always have your smart phone close at hand – never wanting to miss the latest tweet, status update or email?

You may be caught in the web of internet addiction.

We’re just a click or swipe away from unlimited information at our fingertips.

But there’s a dark side to the internet and social media that’s sucking us in to addiction.

A recent study reveals the average person spends 90 minutes a day staring at their phone screen – that’s 23 days a year and nearly four years of the average person’s life.

Pay per Click’s John Crestani said, “You were like oh I check my phone a little bit too much. No. you’re addicted.”

Crestani says it really becomes a problem when you put your online life ahead of work or loved ones.

Crestani said, “When people start using that as a stand-in for real interaction it’s going to cause developmental issues.”

The smart phone side effects are something mom Jill Lumsden worries about with her kids.

Lumsden said, “It makes them a little bit more introverted. It’s not good.”

New research shows there’s a downward spiral: the more social media consumed, the higher the chances of depression, which can lead to more trolling on social media.

There is a group called – Internet & Tech Addiction Anonymous.

And a doctor in Pennsylvania started the first in-patient, 10-day treatment program complete with a digital detox – no internet devices for 72 hours.

Experts say the first step is recognizing it may be time to unplug. 

Crestani said, “It’s hurting families, it’s hurting businesses, it’s hurting relationships.”

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