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10 Warning Signs You’re Addicted To Your Phone | iPhone Bendy Addiction

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10 Warning Signs You’re Addicted To Your Phone | Phone Addiction

If you find yourself checking your phone first thing in the morning, before even getting out of bed, you may be addicted. If you find you’re text-messaging while driving – despite the dangers, checking your phone instead of working on an important assignment, or checking Facebook during a romantic dinner, you are definitively an addicted.

It’s hard for most people to imagine life without constant access to the internet. But for some of us, living without the web is simply IMPOSSIBLE to imagine.The amount of time we engage in online activities, like updating statuses, posting photos, commenting, texting or checking work emails has been increasing in recent years. Given the accessibility and ease of use of internet whenever and wherever you are, it’s no wonder more and more people are addicted to their phones.

How do you know if you’re already addicted or rapidly tumbling toward trouble? Now there’s a smartphone app (ha!) that will answer that question as well as help smartphone addicts learn how to live a ‘healthy digital lifestyle.’

The app, called BreakFree, tracks the amount of time you spend looking at your phone, and gives you a heads-up when it might be time for a break. It will help users measure which apps they use the most and beat their possible smartphone addictions.

Currently available only for Android phones, the new app operates in the background of a phone, keeping tabs on how long you spend using apps, how often you unlock your phone and how much time you spend making phone calls. It calculates an ‘addiction score’ based on these metrics, and will send reminders suggesting you slow down when your use is on the rise.

It’s like having a rehab coach who tells you when you’ve been making an excessive number of calls or have been spending too much time in a particular app. With these notifications you will know it’s time to slow down.

If you’re getting a little worried about how frequently your phone is in your hand, check out the free version app on Google Play.

Do you think that you’re addicted to the internet but overall you use it in moderation? Have you had at least two conversations with actual human beings today without glancing at your phone? Have you found yourself up late last night playing on your phone, whether it is video games, Facebook, or text messaging? Here are ten warning signs that will tell you if you are a cell phone addict.

1. You maintain three to five text threads or WhatsApp chains going throughout most days.
2. You feel bummed when you forget to bring your phone into the bathroom.
3. You sleep with your phone on your nightstand, or worse, in your bed next to you.
4. A cracked screen would never stand in your way.
5. You feel a brief moment of panic when you touch your pocket (or grope to the bottom of your purse) and it’s gone.
6. You constantly catch yourself trying to open apps you’re already in. Not to mention, you have 50 different apps installed. And use them all.
7. You break it, and it feels like you lost a friend.
8. You sit on the ground of a germ-filled public space to charge your phone.
9. You justify being on your phone all the time because you might miss a work email.
10. You’re currently reading this on your cell phone.

If you identify with any of these, welcome to the Smartphone Addiction Club! Take a deep breath and leave your phone behind while you’re at it. You can handle it, we promise. Let us know your results in the comments below.

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Britain’s most tattooed man spends £6000 on laser removal

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In a shock move, Britain’s most tattooed man has spent a whopping £6,000 on laser removal.

But all is not what it seems. Far from starting afresh in the conventional way, 34-year-old King of Ink Land Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite — or ‘Body Art’ for short — has spent thousands of pounds on the painful procedure just to have the area re-inked.

This is just the latest development in Body Art’s dedication to the tattoo cause.

The Liberal Democrat activist for Birmingham got his first tattoo — a British bulldog — at the age of 16.  One tattoo just wasn’t enough though, and he’s since spent more than £25,000 having 90 per cent of his body covered…including his left eyeball, which he had tattooed black.

Born Mathew Whelan, he legally changed his name to King of Ink Land Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite four years ago.

Unsurprisingly his obsession has led to some difficulties.

Earlier this year the Passport Office refused to renew his passport.  Surprisingly this wasn’t because of his tattoos, but his name, which they deemed inappropriate.

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Bacon and Cheesecake Officially as Addictive as COCAINE!

Scientists have finally confirmed what the rest of us have suspected for years: Bacon, cheesecake, and other delicious yet fattening foods may be addictive.

A new study in rats suggests that high-fat, high-calorie foods affect the brain in much the same way as cocaine and heroin. When rats consume these foods in great enough quantities, it leads to compulsive eating habits that resemble drug addiction, the study found.

This comes off the back of research that show some foods can actually GET RID OF BELLY FAT – www.healthambition.com/foods-get-rid-belly-fat/

Doing drugs such as cocaine and eating too much junk food both gradually overload the so-called pleasure centers in the brain, according to Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D., an associate professor of molecular therapeutics at the Scripps Research Institute, in Jupiter, Florida. Eventually the pleasure centers “crash,” and achieving the same pleasure–or even just feeling normal–requires increasing amounts of the drug or food, says Kenny, the lead author of the study.

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“People know intuitively that there’s more to [overeating] than just willpower,” he says. “There’s a system in the brain that’s been turned on or over-activated, and that’s driving [overeating] at some subconscious level.”

In the study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, Kenny and his co-author studied three groups of lab rats for 40 days. One of the groups was fed regular rat food. A second was fed bacon, sausage, cheesecake, frosting, and other fattening, high-calorie foods–but only for one hour each day. The third group was allowed to pig out on the unhealthy foods for up to 23 hours a day.

Not surprisingly, the rats that gorged themselves on the human food quickly became obese. But their brains also changed. By monitoring implanted brain electrodes, the researchers found that the rats in the third group gradually developed a tolerance to the pleasure the food gave them and had to eat more to experience a high.

They began to eat compulsively, to the point where they continued to do so in the face of pain. When the researchers applied an electric shock to the rats’ feet in the presence of the food, the rats in the first two groups were frightened away from eating. But the obese rats were not. “Their attention was solely focused on consuming food,” says Kenny.

In previous studies, rats have exhibited similar brain changes when given unlimited access to cocaine or heroin. And rats have similarly ignored punishment to continue consuming cocaine, the researchers note.

The fact that junk food could provoke this response isn’t entirely surprising, says Dr.Gene-Jack Wang, M.D., the chair of the medical department at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, in Upton, New York.

“We make our food very similar to cocaine now,” he says.

Coca leaves have been used since ancient times, he points out, but people learned to purify or alter cocaine to deliver it more efficiently to their brains (by injecting or smoking it, for instance). This made the drug more addictive.

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According to Wang, food has evolved in a similar way. “We purify our food,” he says. “Our ancestors ate whole grains, but we’re eating white bread. American Indians ate corn; we eat corn syrup.”

The ingredients in purified modern food cause people to “eat unconsciously and unnecessarily,” and will also prompt an animal to “eat like a drug abuser [uses drugs],” says Wang.

The neurotransmitter dopamine appears to be responsible for the behavior of the overeating rats, according to the study. Dopamine is involved in the brain’s pleasure (or reward) centers, and it also plays a role in reinforcing behavior. “It tells the brain something has happened and you should learn from what just happened,” says Kenny.

Overeating caused the levels of a certain dopamine receptor in the brains of the obese rats to drop, the study found. In humans, low levels of the same receptors have been associated with drug addiction and obesity, and may be genetic, Kenny says.

However, that doesn’t mean that everyone born with lower dopamine receptor levels is destined to become an addict or to overeat. As Wang points out, environmental factors, and not just genes, are involved in both behaviors.

Wang also cautions that applying the results of animal studies to humans can be tricky. For instance, he says, in studies of weight-loss drugs, rats have lost as much as 30 percent of their weight, but humans on the same drug have lost less than 5 percent of their weight. “You can’t mimic completely human behavior, but [animal studies] can give you a clue about what can happen in humans,” Wang says.

Although he acknowledges that his research may not directly translate to humans, Kenny says the findings shed light on the brain mechanisms that drive overeating and could even lead to new treatments for obesity.

“If we could develop therapeutics for drug addiction, those same drugs may be good for obesity as well,” he says.

Research – Positive Health Wellness – www.positivehealthwellness.com/diet-nutrition/10-bad-foods-actually-good/