Nomophobia: Survey finds 74 percent would panic over losing phone

Tonight 7 Is On Your Side, with an issue many of us face: "Nomophobia."

Many people - of all ages - have become addicted to their cell phones, especially smartphones, whether it's an iPhone, an Android, or a Blackberry.

One survey found 74 percent of people would panic over losing a phone. Another found two-thirds fear being apart from their mobile device.

It's a finding echoed by University of Maryland researchers who asked students to disconnect from all media for 24 hours.

ABC7's Kris Van Cleave reports that at least one California treatment center is offering counseling for what's been dubbed Nomophobia. As in no-mobile-phobia.

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