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Singapore grapples with smartphone addiction

Published on Jun 14, 2014 1:48 PM
 
Can't be separated from your smartphone? Constantly checking your device for no real reason? Chances are you're an addict - and you may even need professional help. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE (AFP) - Easily distracted? Can't be separated from your smartphone? Constantly checking your device for no real reason? Chances are you're an addict - and you may even need professional help.

Psychiatrists in Singapore are pushing for medical authorities to formally recognise addiction to the Internet and digital devices as a disorder, joining other countries around the world in addressing a growing problem.

Singapore and Hong Kong top an Asia-Pacific region that boasts some of the world's highest smartphone penetration rates, according to a 2013 report by media monitoring firm Nielsen.

Some 87 per cent of Singapore's 5.4 million population own smartphones - as Internet-capable phones with cameras are popularly known.

 
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