Stay fit and Stay healthy

Here’s some serious food for thought: People probablyconsume3,000 to 5,000 calories around the Thanksgiving table. Yikes. While eating often takes center stage during the holidays, that doesn’t we have to give up on good health. Check out these tips for a fit and healthy holiday, without sacrificing any flavor or fun.

Skip crowding around the TV and try to fit in some fitness in (the more the merrier!).1. Get outside.

Women Running Outdoors

Up early? Go for awalk or run to enjoy some pre-festivities alone time, or grab your favorite second cousin to catch up. For something a bit more competitive, round up a group of family or friends and hit the backyard or local park for someflag football.2. Do it fast.

Don’t have an hour to hit the gym? Don’t worry. Try an at-home circuit workout, Tabata training, or aGreatist Workout of the Day. All take 20 minutes (or less!) to get in a good workout.

3. Split up the chores.

Everyday activities (like tidying up the family room) can burn more calories than you’d think. So offer to do the dishes or swiffer the floor—not only does it lend a hand, it gets you moving too

4. Bust a move.

Nothing says family bonding more than a dance party. Gather a group, turn up the tunes, and get the blood flowing. It may help you digest all that stuffing too.5. Find a turkey trot.

If up for the challenge, run a race Thanksgiving morning! Find a Turkey trot in your town (they range from a totally doable one-mile to 10K), sign up, and add crossing the finish line to your holiday to-do list.


Before heading to the kitchen, keep these healthy tips in mind to enjoy the festive food without going overboard.6. Eat in the a.m.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Skipping breakfast in order to “save your appetite” for dinner probably isn’t the best idea. Not breaking the fast ‘til the afternoon may lead to binging later on (read: four servings of mashed potatoes).

7. Hydrate.

Make sure to drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Not drinking enough H2O could spark hunger pangs, which may actually be thirst.8. Go easy on the apps.

Cheese and crackers can happen any day of the year. Save your appetite (and calorie consumption!) for dinnertime. 9. Use a smaller plate.

Stick all those Thanksgiving sides on a smaller plate. Researchshows it’ll help you eat 22 percent fewer calories, while a bigger plate of food may be licked clean, even if we’re not hungry.10. Dim the lights.

Studies suggestthat eating in softer light may lead to consuming less food. So create a nice intimate ambiance that everyone will love.

11. Chew slowly.

How quickly we eat really does matter,researchshows. Inone study, fast eaters consumed around three ounces of food per minute, while slowpokes only ate about two ounces. Chewing slowly could mean less calories consumed, so take a chill pill when digging into the dinner plate.12. Beware of dangerfoods.

Be careful with foods that aren’t as healthy as they seem. (Green bean casserole, anyone?) Gratins, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce may hide some sneaky ingredients high in fat and sugar.13. Watch out for liquid calories.

Unfortunately, calories from alcohol can sneak up on us during the holidays. Go easy on the booze and stick to healthier cocktailslike a vodka soda or Bloody Mary to avoid excess sugar.14. Skip the seconds.

Wait 20 minutes (the amount of time it probably takes to feel full) before filling up the dinner plate again. Unless you’re really hungry, save some food for leftovers—the best part about Thanksgiving, right?15. Don’t deny dessert.

The holidays shouldn’t be about restricting certain foods—just try to enjoy them in moderation! Stick to one slice of pie (or try one of thesehealthy dessert recipes) instead of going cold turkey at the dessert table.


An overdose of family and foodcan be stressful. Here are some ways to feel rested, calm, and in control.16. Inhale, exhale.

Thanksgiving Dessert

Stressed because you’re trying to clean up the living room and prep the turkey while entertaining seven cousins and skyping with Uncle Mike? Take six to 10 deep breaths or try these quick,breathing exercises to relax.17. Write it down.

If choosing to count calories over the holidays, track your food in ajournal so you know how much you’re consuming. (Wait, I did have a hearty breakfast!) This will keep you in control of what and how much you’re actually eating.18. Meditate.

Whether enduring too much family time or unable to resist eating a whole pumpkin pie (we get it),meditation can help lower stress levels. All you need is a few minutes and a quiet corner. (Need some guidance? Check out this videoon how to meditate while your mind is racing.) 19. Get enough sleep.

Make sure to get seven to nine hours of sleep the night before Thanksgiving. Not getting enough sleep could amp up appetite levels the following day.(Can’t sleep? Trythese tipsto catch some ZZZ’s.) 20. Give yourself some wiggle-room.

At the end of the day, Thanksgiving should be enjoyed with loved ones. Don’t stress about enjoying some good food with even better company!

Originally published November 2012. Updated November 2015.

So I want to conclude with stay healthy and Stay fit.

How Hackers Use Employees to Access Your Network

Computer hackers are located throughout the entire world. Most hackers work around the clock looking for vulnerable systems. What exactly is a hacker’s goal? A computer hacker’s motivation varies. A common motive is holding sensitive data hostage or exploiting customer data on the internet, such as credit card or social security numbers. How do hackers access said data? For starters hackers can use sneaky methods in email message attachments or bad code when downloading a software. Let’s discuss how hackers use business employees to gain access to the company network.

Hackers use Email to access sensitive data

Phishing emails have become an issue since the genesis of email. Scammers use tactics to convey trust through email communication. For example, a malicious individual can pose as a business contact and ask for payment on an invoice. Not knowing the email in question is fake at first glance, you may be inclined to pay the invoice without thinking twice. Hackers use methods like these to gain access to a customer’s network. Another example consist of downloading software. An employee could have administrative rights. This provides the ability to download software without anyone’s permission. When an employee downloads a game or application the code in the software may be bad. Therefore, the code will create a mechanism for the hacker to penetrate the network and begin to gather valuable data.

Employees provide data to hackers without even knowing data has been stolen. Today’s hackers focus on company employees to extract customer data through nefarious means. How can a business owner reduce such attempts? One solution is to keep staff informed on the latest cybersecurity threats. Second solution is to schedule a managed IT service provider to come onsite and provide training on best email and cybersecurity practices. Lastly, a business owner can review the present email and see if there’s an opportunity to upgrade to a different email system. In short, staying informed with today’s methods of how hackers access data will help an organization keep vital information locked away from malicious individuals.

hackers gaining access to employees sensitive data

Hackers “Guess” Passwords

The importance with secure and high character count passwords is a must for all small and large organizations. We understand saving a lot of mental passwords is a pain. As technology evolves we anticipate passwords will become a thing of the past. Focusing on the present, passwords remain relevant. The average individual maintains an assortment of passwords for a variety of channels. Everything from banking to social media. Password recycling is another trend that is becoming popular among individuals. For example, most people use the same password for multiple websites despite best practices. The best method for securing your online accounts is to use different passwords for different channels. Similarly, we encourage customers to use a variety of password orientations. For instance, use a song lyric with minimum 14 characters. The longer the password the harder to guess.

Best practice is to implement and enforce strong password security throughout the company. Managing passwords is a task, at the moment, people will deal with for the time being. There are a couple of methods of maintaining passwords without having to write down on a post it note. Not to dive deep into password management, we recommend two applications that manage passwords. First is LastPass and second is 1Password. Hammer the concept of password security into employees. The concept will help maintain a secure network.

Hackers Hold Data Ransom

Let’s discuss how hackers access an employees PC. For instance, a warning message appears out of nowhere when browsing a website. We’re sure you’ve seen these before. These are “warning messages” that convey immediate action on behalf of the individual. First you’re approached with a full screen window warning to call Microsoft support with a phone number. Second if you do not call Microsoft support chances are high the data saved to your computer will be erased. Lastly, “Microsoft support” informed if you do not pay for their anti-virus or other digital virus solution, the technician cannot move forward. Even worse, the technician gets on the computer and encrypts or steals all the data.

The scenario provided has happened dozens of times to unknowing people. Sadly customers are unaware of these types of scams. Specifically the older work force generation. No need to fear though. Although employees are being targeted by these scammers, there are tried and true methods to reduce these attempts. In particular, providing cyber security training to employees is always a great starting point. Cyber security training is especially helpful to none technical individuals. In short, don’t let hackers hold your data ransom. Become an educated computer user about these types of scams

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Avengers: Endgame why captain America did not lift Mjolnir in Age of Ultron?

Avengers: Endgame hosted several mind-blowing events, including Captain America lifting the Mjolnir. While we now know that Steve Rogers was worth it, Marvel head Kevin Feige reveals why Cap couldn’t lift Thor’s hammer in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Didn’t see that one coming, did you?

BY DAVID OPIE 29/04/2019

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers in Captain America Civil War


Note: Contains major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame arrived this week to complete 11 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe storytelling, and it definitely gave us plenty to talk about.

In a film full of glorious fan service and cheer-worthy moments, there’s one scene in particular that left audiences even more excited than Spider-Man on the day he met Tony Stark.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

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During Endgame’s final act, the superhero trinity of ThorIron Man and Captain America face off against Thanos together. As the battle rages on, all hope seems lost until Cap suddenly wields Thor’s hammer (recovered from Asgard in 2013 before Hela destroyed it) against the Mad Titan, proving himself worthy of Mjölnir’s might.

Beyond the obvious wow factor of seeing another Avenger fight using Thor’s signature weapon, this moment was also significant because not many people can lift his hammer in the first place – and it’s not just because it’s heavy.

Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor Ragnarok


Long ago, Odin placed an enchantment on Mjölnir so that only those who are worthy and pure of heart could pick it up, let alone swing it around and beat on someone like Thanos.

On the face of it, Captain America seems more worthy than most, so this moment might not have shocked casual moviegoers too much. However, long time Marvel fans will remember that Steve Rogers previously tried and failed to lift the hammer in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Presumably then, the Star-Spangled Avenger was deemed unworthy, even though he’s wielded Mjölnir before in the comics.

Aside from Thor and Vision, Cap is now the only other hero who’s fought using this hammer in the MCU, but what’s changed since Age of Ultron? Hasn’t Steve Rogers always been one of the most heroic Avengers of all?ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

While a few redditors joked that Cap was no longer worthy because he often refuses to wear a helmet while riding his motorcycle, the general consensus leans towards a tad more serious explanation.

In Captain America: Civil War, we learned that Steve didn’t tell Tony that Bucky killed his parents because he wanted to protect both of his friends from the consequences of this act. The guilt that this deception caused could potentially be the reason why Cap wasn’t worthy enough to lift Thor’s hammer. However, now that this secret is out in the open and the issues it created have been dealt with, this could mean that Captain America is now worthy after all.

The issue with this explanation is that Steve had the best of intentions when he withheld Bucky’s secret and surely the many, many heroic things he did before and since would have balanced this out somewhat?ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

Another possible explanation for Cap’s previous lack of worthiness was that his motivation during the Age of Ultron scene wasn’t pure. While Vision handed Thor his hammer to head out faster in the search for Ultron, Steve and the other Avengers were just trying to lift Mjölnir in a drunken display of strength.

That doesn’t quite ring true though either, which leads us to one final conclusion: Cap was worthy all along.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Joss Whedon was directly asked why Steve couldn’t lift Mjölnir. In response, the Age of Ultron director asked: “Did he fail? Or did he stop?”

During the original Mjölnir scene, it does look like the hammer moves a smidge when Cap tries to lift it, briefly alarming Thor in the process. However, Odin’s enchantment doesn’t work like that. Either the person in question is worthy enough to lift Mjölnir completely or they’re not. It’s an all or nothing deal, which therefore suggests that if Steve could move the hammer a bit, he could have easily lifted it all the way too.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

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So why would Cap pretend that he couldn’t lift Mjölnir?

While Endgamedoesn’t provide us with an answer to this, the most obvious explanation is that Steve just didn’t want to embarrass Thor. After all, the God of Thunder wasn’t exactly subtle with his reaction when it looked like he was no longer the only one worthy of the hammer’s might.

If that’s true, then this would also explain why Cap picked Mjölnir up in Endgame so readily without even the slightest hint of surprise. Surely, Steve would have been at least a little bit shocked if he didn’t already know he was worthy?

Whatever the answer might be, it was still hugely gratifying to see Steve Rogers prove himself after he and the other Avengers failed so miserably in Infinity War.

What remains to be seen now is whether Sam Wilson will prove himself to be equally worthy of Captain America’s mantle now that old man Steve has retired for good.

Avengers: Endgame is in cinemas now.

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Mothers day special

The Power of a Mother’s Love

Mother love shapes cultures and individuals. While most mothers know that their love and emotional availability are vital to their children’s well-being, many of us do not understand the profound and long-lasting impact we have in developing our young children’s brains, teaching them first lessons of love, shaping their consciences … At a time when society urges women to seek their worth and personal fulfillment in things that take them away from their families and intimate bonds, Hunter invites women to come home — to their children, their best selves, their hearts.

You and I need to be willing to look inside our own experiences to identify any places we may still be affected by our relationship with our own mother. We can begin that journey by simply being willing to search our heart and better understand ourselves. Professional counseling may also be a valuable part of that process. Laura Ingalls Wilder said, “What is there in the attitude of your children toward yourself that you wish were different? Search your own heart and learn if your ways toward your own mother could be improved.” This is important whether your mother is still living or not. You and I are deeply affected by our relationship with our mother and one of the most powerful gifts we can give to our children is our own emotional health. A first step you can take on this journey is reading The Mom I Want to Be by T. Suzanne Eller. This book is designed to help you rise above your past and give your kids a great future.

A child should never feel as if they need to earn a mother’s love. This will leave a void in their heart all of their life. A mother’s love needs to be given unconditionally to establish trust and a firm foundation of emotional intimacy in a child’s life. If love is withheld, a child will look for it in a million other ways, sometimes throughout their lifetime unless they come to some sort of peace with their past. The emotional foundation we give our children at home is foundational to their life. We cannot underestimate the value of home and the power of mother love.

It’s All About Influence

The profession of motherhood is all about influence. You and I have an incredible opportunity to influence the next generation by what we do as a mother every day. This is why intentionality is so important during the years that we raise our family. Be intentional about your own healing from life’s hurts. Be intentional about taking care of yourself. Be intentional about investing in your marriage. Be intentional about parenting. Be intentional about homemaking. Intentionality increases influence, and influence is something God asks us to be intentional about. We cannot underestimate the power of mother love, the value of home and the significance of our intentional presence in the home.

Iron Man my favorite because he is a self-made hero

As a superhero who knows how to make money, satisfy the ladies and save the day, Iron Man has always been my favorite.

As a superhero who knows how to make money, satisfy the ladies and save the day, Iron Man has always been my favorite.

High-tech suit of body armor aside, Tony Stark is everything I wasn’t as a teenager (and still ain’t). His line in “The Avengers” sums it up nicely when Captain America asks him what he is without his suit of armor. Stark quips: “genius billionaire playboy philanthropist.”

Stark — played in the movies with eerie perfection by Robert Downey Jr. — is an unabashed capitalist and true American patriot who says stuff like “I’m tired of the liberal agenda. It bores me.”

He’s the exception to the rule: a likable jerk.

Created for Marvel Comics in 1963, Iron Man was depicted in comics and cartoons before his 2008 film debut.

Since then, Downey has reprised the role in three other movies and is shooting “Iron Man 3” in Wilmington and parts of Duplin County. The character would love the films’ domestic box office: $319 million for “Iron Man;” $135 million for “The Incredible Hulk;” $313 million for “Iron Man 2;” and $617 million for “The Avengers.”

Iron Man’s creator Stan Lee said he set out to make a hero no one would like. Most superheroes are everyman type characters when it comes to their alter egos. You’ve got mild-mannered reporters, clumsy high school photographers, a blind lawyer, a social worker, a comic book artist and the list goes on. There are a few exceptions — a certain billionaire industrialist with a peculiar nightlife comes to mind — but for the most part superheroes are just regular Joes until they gain their powers.

Stark broke that mold. Even without Iron Man, Stark’s life would be filled with fast cars, exotic women, corporate raiders and industrial espionage.

The story of Iron Man begins when Stark, a weapons manufacturer, is kidnapped — originally in Southeast Asia, now in Afghanistan — and forced to build weapons for enemies of the United States. During the fight to capture him, Stark is wounded and must use a special magnet to keep shrapnel from penetrating his heart. Instead of making missiles, Stark uses the parts he is given to create a makeshift suit of armor to escape his captors. Once back in the States, and having to always wear a magnetic chest piece, Stark suspends designing weapons for the U.S. military industrial complex and gives flight to ever-improving suits of armor to fight enemies foreign and domestic.

In “Tales of Suspense,” a Marvel Comic steeped in early 1960s Cold War intrigue, Iron Man fought armored villains from Russia like the Crimson Dynamo and Titanium Man and superhuman foes from Red China like Radioactive Man and the Mandarin.

But just like Stark defied convention, so did his villains. Rarely shown as stereotypes, Iron Man’s Russian and Chinese counterparts were complex characters, many times shown to be unwitting puppets or reluctant propaganda pieces of their respective Communist governments. The best case being the seductive Soviet spy Black Widow, who eventually defected and joined Iron Man’s superhero team, the Avengers.

The second type of antagonist Iron Man often faced came from the scientific community. From Living Laser to Melter to Whiplash, they were villains who use their advanced scientific knowledge to commit crimes. Themes arising out of those storylines involved questions about the misuse of technology.

The third class of villains Iron Man faced is undoubtedly the worst: corporate competition. Soon after Stark debuted the Iron Man armor his colleagues developed armor envy. Forget a guy that can melt stuff, the worst enemy a man can have is a CEO dead set on destruction. Arms manufacture Justin Hammer has run afoul of Stark several times after hiring someone to steal patented Stark technology. Obadiah Stane wanted Stark technology so badly he bought Stark’s company in a hostile takeover that literally got hostile.

While Stark refuses to sell his best weapons to the U.S. government and generally bucks the establishment, the military is not villainized in the process. Stark’s best friend is former Marine turned Air Force fighter pilot Lt. Col. Jim Rhodes, who represents the military as loyal and trustworthy.

Rhodes substituted for Stark as Iron Man when Stark lapsed into a long period of drunkenness in the award-winning 1979 storyline “Demon in a Bottle.” Later, when Stark turned over a suit of armor for Rhodes to use as a military service member, War Machine was born.

I like Iron Man because he proved that a human could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with demigods and super soldiers. With just his intellect, ingenuity and a couple million bucks, Iron Man is a self-made hero. Too bad all rich folks don’t spend their money that way.

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Consumers rights

1.) A History of Consumer Rights and Improvements

history of consumer rights

Before the 1960’s, consumer rights were practically nonexistent. Consumers had little access to legal protection or tools to defend themselves against deceptive business practices or faulty products. Further, the process of credit repair was illusory at best. Fortunately, the rapid nature of consumerism created a wave of legislation and policy. Read on to discover the evolution of consumer rights and how they have impacted the U.S. marketplace.

The Beginning of Consumer Rights

In 1962, President Kennedy spoke to the U.S. Congress about the need for a new consumer movement, a call to action that resulted in the Consumer Bill of Rights. The bill included four basic points:

  • Right to Safety—Consumers have the right to protection against products that have caused physical harm (excluding automobiles). This right was officially enacted in 1972 and is enforced by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC has established product standards, testing regulations, and warning labels to assert consumer rights.
  • Right to Information—Businesses must provide consumers with accurate information, allowing them to make informed decisions about products and services. This includes correct packaging, advertising, and full disclosure of past issues.
  • Right to Choose—Consumers must be given free choice and options when it comes to choosing products and services offered by various companies. The government encourages this right of fair commerce by ensuring limits on price gouging, underselling, patent ownership, monopolies, and anti-trust.
  • Right to Be Heard—Consumers have the right to voice complaints and concerns regarding company practices and products. The U.S. Attorney General, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) represent only a few of the platforms in which consumers may be heard.
    Consumer Bill of Rights Expansion

By 1985, the Consumer Bill of Rights expanded to include four new points, including:

  • Right to Basic Needs—Access to food, water, clothing, shelter, healthcare, education, sanitary living conditions, etc.
  • Right to Redress—The right to receive a fair settlement over founded claims of faulty good and services.
  • Right to Consumer Education—Consumers must be given enough information to make competent choices about goods and services. They must also be provided with information about their basic consumer rights and how to utilize them.
  • Right to a Healthy Environment—Consumers must be provided with a healthy, non-threatening living and working environment to ensure their well-being and the well-being of their dependents.
    New Legislation

While this piece of legislation provided groundbreaking protection, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission continued to establish new laws to protect consumer rights. Throughout the years, some of the primary consumer laws have included:

  • 1968: Truth in Lending Act (TILA)—Requires credit companies to disclose their terms, costs, and conditions to customers before entering into a contract. This law is used to protect and promote fair consumer credit practices.
  • 1970: Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)—Written as an amendment to the Consumer Credit Protection Act, the FCRA was enacted “to require insured banks to maintain certain records, to require that certain transactions in United States currency be reported to the Department of the Treasury, and for other purposes.” This Act allows consumers to engage in the verification and maintenance of their own credit information—and more importantly—their credit repair.
  • 1975: Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA)—Written as an amendment to the Truth in Lending Act, the FCBA was enacted to protect consumers from unfair billing practices. It allows them to investigate and dispute credit billing errors.
  • 1978: Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)—As an amendment to the Consumer Credit Protection Act, the FDCPA is designed to eliminate abusive collection methods conducted by companies and collection agencies. This law regulates how and when lenders and collection agencies may contact customers about overdue payments. It also outlines consumer and lender rights during the collections process and provides for other credit repair related actions related to collection accounts.
  • 1985: Credit Practices Rule (CPR) — As a protection for installment borrowers and cosigners, this legislation shields borrowers from certain kinds of exploitative lending practices. It also requires that cosigners be fully informed regarding their potential liabilities should the primary borrower default.
  • 1989: Fair Credit and Charge Card Disclosure Act (FCCCA)—As part of TILA, this law requires creditors to clearly disclose the following information on credit card applications:
  • Percent APR
  • Minimum finance charges
  • Purchase grace periods
  • Balance calculation methods
  • Annual fees
  • Cash advance transaction fees
  • Penalty fees for late payments and over-the-limit spending without overdraft coverage
  • 1996: Consumer Credit Reporting Reform Act (CCRA)—As an amendment to the FCRA, this law provides rules on reinsertion of deleted information and free credit reports to the following people:
  • Unemployed
  • Those on public-assistance
  • Victims of fraud/identity theft
  • Those who have been denied credit
  • 1996: Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA)—This piece of legislation was enacted to regulate credit repair business and their advertising practices.
  • 2003: Fair And Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)—This law extended the Fair Credit Reporting Act with additional protections related to how credit reports are accessed and used. Medical information, for example, was limited upon this law’s enactment. This law also required credit bureaus to begin providing at least one credit report annually to all consumers.
  • 2009: Credit Card Act (CARD)—Sweeping reforms were passed with this law related to how consumers are billed for new and existing credit accounts.
  • 2011: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—Among other consumer protections, this new law has created a federal agency called the Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protection which will oversee how bankers and other creditors treat consumers.

U.S. consumer laws are vast and growing, and with them, the protection and substantiation of fair business practices. Access to once-evasive consumer laws is readily available to every citizen. The Federal Trade Commission alone provides a comprehensive list of consumer information and regulations. The face of consumerism has undergone aggressive change since 1962, and will likely see additional changes in the future. If you are committed to credit health, learn more about your consumer rights or work with a consumer advocacy lawyer. Laws are most effective when you understand how to utilize them.

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  • Smartphone Addiction Facts
  • Signs and Symptoms of Smartphone Addiction
  • Teens and Cell Phone Addiction
  • How to Help a Loved One With a SmartPhone Addiction

Smartphone Addiction Facts

Although cell phones allow individuals to have unlimited access to information and to connect with others in a way otherwise thought impossible, there are many harmful and disturbing effects of smartphone dependence. Cell phone addiction, sometimes referred to as problematic mobile phone use, is a behavioral addiction thought to be similar to that of an Internetgamblingshopping, or video game addiction and leads to severe impairment or distress in one’s life.

  • In a study conducted by Baylor University, cell phone addiction was linked to:1
    • Impulsiveness and materialism.
    • A preoccupation with material objects as opposed to intellectual, spiritual, or cultural values.
  • The obsessive use of a smartphone has been compared to that of credit card misuse and compulsive buying.2
  • Cell phones have become a representation of social status and thus, there is pressure to own the newest release and to have all of the best applications.
  • People suffering from this condition oftentimes have what has been coined “nomophobia,” or the fear of being without one’s cell phone.
  • Problematic cell phone users can develop a social media addiction as well, which has a number of harmful effects on the user, such as:3
    • Impaired self-esteem.
    • Impaired work performance.
    • Interpersonal conflicts.

With the widespread accessibility of cell phones at a younger age now, teenagers are especially prone to developing an addiction to their cell phones or social media. Whether you or a loved one suffers from a cell phone addiction, there is hope for recovery.

Below are some more statistics associated with smartphone use:

  • 60% of U.S. college students consider themselves to have a cell phone addiction.4
  • 71% of people sleep with or next to their cell phones.5
  • 35% of people think of their cell phones when they wake up while only 10% of people think of their significant others.5
  • 44% of 18-24 year olds have fallen asleep with their phone in their hand.5
  • 36% of people check their phones constantly, while 54% of young adults are checking constantly.5
  • Nearly 40% of people never disconnect from cell phones, even while on vacation .5
  • 44% of Americans say they couldn’t go a day without their mobile devices.5

Signs and Symptoms of Smartphone Addiction

Some major signs and symptoms of smartphone addiction include:

  • Tolerance.
  • Withdrawal.
  • Failed attempts to cut back on smartphone use.
  • Loses track of time when using mobile phone.
  • Uses cell phone in order to deal with unwanted emotions.
  • Text neck.
  • Digital eye strain.

Learn more about the Signs and Symptoms of Cell Phone Addiction >>

Teens and Cell Phone Addiction

teen on her cell phone

Teens are extremely vulnerable to developing a cell phone addiction. The human brain isn’t fully developed until about 25 years of age. Adolescents who become dependent on their smartphones could experience negative alterations in brain development.

  • There is decreased brain connectivity in teens who suffer from a cell phone addiction.5
  • Problems in the parts of the brain that are responsible for decision-making, impulse-control, and emotional regulation.
  • Teens with a smartphone addiction are more likely to drink alcohol, use tobacco, and have poor diets.
  • These teens may experience social isolation due to excessive cell phone use.

If you’re concerned about your teen’s problematic cell phone use, there are many different treatment options available. Call the number above to speak to a treatment specialist immediately.

Learn more about Teen Cell Phone Addiction >>

How to Help a Loved One with a Smartphone Addiction

If you’ve been upset or frustrated by your loved one’s excessive phone use while in your presence, you are not alone.

Your loved one may suffer from a cell phone addiction or nomophobia, the fear of being without a mobile phone, if he or she exhibits these signs or symptoms:

  • Appears anxious when phone battery is low.
  • Panics if cell phone is misplaced or service is unavailable.
  • Spends more time connecting online than connecting with people in real life.
  • Sleeps with the smartphone on or under the pillow.
  • Uses the phone in dangerous situations such as driving.
  • Has his or her smartphone on the table during meals.
  • Believes the cell phone to have rung or vibrated when it hasn’t.

This is not a complete list of signs and symptoms but it includes some of the common signs that a loved one may be suffering from a smartphone addiction. If you worry that your loved one’s cell phone use is problematic, don’t hesitate to call the number above to learn about recovery options.

Learn more about How to Help a Loved One with a Smartphone Addiction >>

Treatment for Addiction

There are various types of treatment for those with a cell phone addiction. This could be as simple as making rules for yourself and downloading apps on your phone to cut down usage. Or, for more severe cases, there are different therapy methods and treatment centers available.


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