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Poll: Are you a parent addicted to your smartphone?

Posted by Kristi Palma  October 25, 2013 08:44 AM

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Do you have nomophobia? You may in fact suffer from this if you are among the 46 percent of moms addicted to their smartphone.

Nomophobia is the fear of being without a mobile device. And, according to a study conducted this fall by the parenting website Babycenter, moms are showing signs of it. For example, 29 percent of moms are thrown into a panic when their phone battery dies.

According to the study, 87 percent of moms use smartphones, which is an increase of 34 percent since 2012. And 46 percent say they are addicted, so much so that they're on the phone while in the bathroom, the kitchen, even while watching TV.

Here's the breakdown of where moms are checking their phones:

While on the go: 96 percent
While shopping: 95 percent
While watching TV: 94 percent
While in the car: 94 percent
While in the kitchen: 91 percent
While in the bathroom: 80 percent


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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.
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