Tue Mar 26, 2002
By Amy Norton
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cell phones and the image they project may, in a social sense, be as addictive as more harmful habits like smoking, results of a small UK study suggest.
There are an estimated 800 million cell phone users worldwide. And if cell phones start to replace cigarettes as a social phenomenon, they could be seen as a "positive addiction," according to the new study's author, Simon Cassidy of the University of Salford.