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Smartphones can be addictive
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Smartphones can be addictive

Some of us are practically chained to our smartphones. Indeed, 30% of people surveyed by Pew described their smartphone as a "leash."

In the Bank of America survey, 89% of Americans said they check their smartphone at least a few times a day, and 36% check it constantly. Further demonstrating our attachment to smartphones, 44% of Americans in the Bank of America survey reported they couldn't make it a day without their smartphone.

"Whether we admit it or not, we're in a serious relationship with our smartphones. That relationship, however, is often one-sided," according to Motorola.

If you feel as though you're addicted to your smartphone, Roberts offers this cure: Cozy up to a block of wood in the shape of a smartphone to soothe you when you're suffering withdrawal symptoms.

"It's the same principle as pulling out a stick of gum when you're trying to quit smoking," he says.

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