An ever growing number of Americans have smart phones. They are a huge leap away from the cell phones of just a few years ago, and now put the world at our fingertips.
A question many are raising these days: Are we addicted?
7News took that question to people across the Ohio Valley Thursday. One question we asked them to gauge the amount of connection they have to the devices was: What does it feel like when you lose your smart phone?
Brittany Arigoni of St. Clairsville has lost her phone before.
"It's like a part of my life," she said. "I couldn't find it, and you're looking everywhere, tearing everything apart, it was like I was completely lost."
Myles Bettinazz of Wheeling has felt the same feeling.
"I felt like I lost every contact," he said. "It was pretty much my only source of Internet at the time, so I just almost felt like I lost an appendage."
Amanda Coey and her sister Autum both from Holloway said they felt lost without their phones as well.
Autum admitted she is, in fact, addicted to her smart phone. She said texting and using Facebook on it are what make it so addicting for her.
For Arigoni, it was texting. "Just being able to talk to people, and then when I'm not able to talk to people, it's crushing me."
For Timothy Miller of Wheeling, it's a different feature. "It's more like just getting on the Internet and being able to look up whatever I want to look up, whenever I want to look it up."
Some of the people we spoke to Thursday are even sleeping with their smart phones.
"Yea I take it to bed with me," Vernann MacMillan admitted. "I set my alarm on it to get up, and then if I get a text message at night, I have to flip it over and see who it is."
MacMillan said she used to be addicted to cigarettes, and now feels that same addiction to her phone.
"You feel like you are lost with out it," she said. "You check your pockets thinking, 'ok, where's my phone?' That's the way of life right now."