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Good Question: Can texting become an addiction?

It seems everyone is texting these days.

In the past three years its shot up 600% with the average teen sending more than 3,000 a month.

Good Question: Can texting become an addiction?

Everywhere you look, phones, but it seems there's no talking only texting.

"You have internet, you have bbm, you have text messages, you have everything right here," said one teenage girl.

We've told you that health care professionals are seeing more and more of what they call texting thumb in children.

Texting thumb is the repetitive use over and over of our digits, but now it might be an unhealthy obsession as well.

According to a recent study by Pew Research, 72% of cell phone owners send text messages, up 7% from just last year.

"If I don't have it on me I feel like I'm not in charge of my life," said one woman.

But too much texting has become what some doctors are calling an addiction.

"Anything that you can become obsessed with and you do so much that you don't do the things you need to with family, friends, school, job that can be an addiction and texting absolutely can qualify as that," said Dr. Dale Archer a Clinical Psychologist.

Teenage girls lead the way, on average they send 100 messages a day.

"So my phone has like a 30 text limit and I have to delete it, I usually delete it live every two to three hours, " said teenager Shai Gonzalez.

Experts say with excessive texting comes a number of problems, including lack of eating, isolation, and sleep deprivation.


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