Habit-Making Devices

  • Alan J. Reid


Within this chapter, the important distinction between habit, compulsion, and addiction is explained, particularly with regard to our personal technologies. The term smartphone addiction has become over-sensationalized, but there is some evidence that warrants a closer look at the gravitational pull that our smartphones possess. In particular, the chapter reviews the consequential effects of incessant phone-checking and how this can lead to more serious psychological and physiological manifestations.


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  • Alan J. Reid
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishCoastal Carolina UniversityConwayUSA

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