There has been a rise in the number of people who are receiving private help as a result of addiction to technology.
Rehabilitation centre The Priory has reported a rise in the number of people who are forming an addiction to new devices.
Martin Smith, addiction treatment programme director at the Priory's Roehampton branch, said: "We are increasingly seeing people with the illness of addiction who form attachments to all sorts of things which twenty years ago would be considered non addictive."
His comments follow research published in Psychopathology this month which revealed that 1.2 per cent of people are 'internet addicts' which had led many of them to become depressed.
Mr Smith added that once a person was addicted to one thing they were more likely to form a compulsive relationship with further products and behaviours.
However, he did say that the addictive behaviour which some people demonstrated is more linked with the security the object provides than the actual object itself.
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