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Monday, Mar 24 2014 12:16 PM

'First Look': Author calls cell phone addiction a real thing

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    Michael Hopper of "First Look with Scott Cox" holds up a copy of Steven J. Fogel's book, "Your Mind is What Your Brain Does for a Living."

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    Steven J. Fogel, author of "Your Mind is What Your Brain Does for a Living," called into "First Look with Scott Cox" to talk about his book and cell phone addiction.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Can you go a week, a day or even an hour without your phone? Or do you start to hyperventilate when you misplace it for less than five minutes? Don't worry. You're not alone.

Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Steven J. Fogel, author of "Your Mind Is What Your Brain Does for a Living," talked about cell phone addiction.

According to Fogel, the need to have your phone with you at all times comes from the central nervous system. Specifically, it comes from the amygdala -- the integrative center for emotions, emotional behavior and motivation -- in your brain.

"You get hundreds of emails and texts," Fogel said. "And you can't wait, you want to read and reply right then and there."

As for the future, it doesn't look any better, he said.

As technology continues to evolve, simple tasks like learning to multiply or divide will become extinct.

"You have a calculator on your phone," said Fogel, who called into the show.

 

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