Friday, February 02, 2007

Cell Phone Junkies

There's being addicted and then there's being addicted.

They've gone without food or clothing just to make that call: a university survey has found that some Australians are cellphone junkies.

The survey of 2,500 cellphone users by Queensland University of Technology consumer behavior expert Diana James -- a self-described former addict -- showed users judge themselves and others by the type phone they use.

Some of those surveyed were going without food, clothes and university text books and spending the majority of their income to pay phone bills, she said.

"For me I had to stop using it completely before I could use it again responsibly," James said.

Still, at least there's no mention of anyone getting dangerously addicted: no mention of students going without beer, which would be a sign of a truly enormous problem.

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