Smartphones are addictive, according to a study from British telecom regulator Ofcom. Like many other studies on the topic, it emphasizes that people do such things as use handsets in bathrooms in lieu of talking to their children and points out how the devices are changing social behavior. The press release on the research, issued on Thursday, five times uses the word addiction in a variety of forms, including when it says 37 percent of adults and 60 percent of teens admit they are "highly addicted" to smartphones.

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