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It’s not just young people who are addicted to their phones

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A study published in BMC Psychiatry has shown that 23 per cent of young people displayed symptoms of addiction to their smartphones. Thank God they haven’t done a study for people over 40. We like keep up the pretence that our phone addictions are “work”, but I think we all know that’s a little white lie.

I haven’t conducted a formal study, but I would stick my neck out and confirm that 100 per of 46 year-old women called “Shappi” who are currently writing a column at their kitchen table, also have a problematic relationship with their smartphones.

When I was in year seven (or middle school, as it was called in the olden days), our headmaster had to give us all a stern talking to in assembly. Locals had complained that some children from our school were so absorbed in the books they were reading on the way home that they weren’t paying attention to the road. That’s what we did back then: we walked and read, glanced left and right then stuck our noses back in the book as we crossed the road.

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