I'm certain mobile phones are an addiction.
As a matter of fact, it isn't uncommon for me to see family members texting each other while they are in their own home.
And excessive mobile phone usage is harmful, physical accidents, emotional detachment, RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome.
I'm sure the day isn't far when I'll see the first advertisement from the MA, "mobile anonymous."
I think some people may have an addiction to mobile phone use, just as with addictions to the internet or video games. However, these addictons definitely will have differences from chemically-based addictions. Mobile phones now definitely have many diverse and entertaining features ranging from social networking to organization. A person addicted to mobile phone use will be overly-dependent on the uses of the phone and allow it to interfere with their interactions with others and their daily normal routines and functioning.
One can become "addicted" to anything. The higher the gratification, the higher the likelihood of addiction for some people. I think what happens with mobile phones is that people begin to rely on them. We use them for calendars, contacts, directions, networking and entertainment. It is all in one place, easily accessible constantly. This leads to extensive use for many people. In some few, it may actually turn into addiction. Most people just get used to using their phones.
I don't know if I would classify it as an addiction either but I do see people that seem to have a hard time functioning without it. As the previous poster said, I would look at it more as an avoidance tool and a way of looking really busy while managing to actually waste more time.
I think that mobile phones are a way to not have to interact socially, especially when texting. You don't have to see the person or even hear them. That said, it is certainly a fast way to get a message to someone else. However, when someone is using it 24 hours a day, at the expense of other types of social interaction, I would agree with giorgiana 1976 that it is an addiction of some type.
I don't believe that there is any such thing as actual addiction to mobile phones. I agree that people get very attached to their phones and use them very much. I believe that this can potentially be bad for their social lives because they ignore those around them. But I do not believe that this is a real addiction.
I don't necessarily think our society overall has a cell phone "addiction" but I do think that they're used way too much and in inappropriate places/times. Many people now are just talking on the phone to talk because they can. It aggravates me when I stand behind people in the WalMart or bank line and they're on the phone. I would guess that 99% of the phone calls while driving also aren't necessary. I admit that I do it too.
I'm more concerned about people texting while driving. We need some sort of device created where when we're behind the wheel we cannot receive or send texts.
When mobile phone is no longer used for it is, but it becomes a substitute of someone, we can talk about addiction. The dependent person is trying to influence, through messages and phone calls, the feelings of someone. On the other hand, mobile phone addiction is the denial of someone's absence and the impossibility of separating of someone.
Symptoms of a mobile phone addict:
they devote most of their time to activities associated to the mobile phone (always call someone, write text messages, play, use photo options etc.). and they do so exclusively;
they have dizziness, headaches, pain of the face or ears or other physical symptoms that may be related to the abuse of mobile phone;
they tend to panic or to suffer from anxiety or unpleasant emotional experiences if the mobile phone is not working;