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DIGITAL DIETS: Experts recommend rehab to reality

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Whether it's non-stop texting or constantly checking Facebook and Twitter, more and more people are spending more and more time on their smart phones -- and some experts say it's going too far.

Though it may sound simple, it can be hard for people to put down the phones and cut back. Last month, Mike Deneen took a break when he realized his smartphone was ruining his life, telling FOX 9 News his wife pointed out that Facebook and Twitter were taking over.

"She's like, 'Really? You're letting somebody's opinion on the Internet affect you so much you're just ticked off about it the rest of the day,'" Deneen told FOX 9 News.

That's when Deneen announced on his blog, Nerdtastrophe, that he was taking a break from social media.

"She's like, 'You're going to last 24 hours,'" he recalled. "I lasted a whole week."

Deneen admits social media had his smartphone stuck to his side.

"We would go out to eat and she would tell me that: 'You need to put the phone down,'" he recalled. "I'd be like, 'Oh wait, something might be happening right now!'"

This modern media addiction is documented in books like "iDisorder" and "Virtually You," which explain how people get hooked on their online lives and eventually become so worried about seeing every e-mail, tweet and status update quickly that they disconnect from the real world around them.

"The Digital Diet" is another book that is all about rehabbing yourself back to reality. It recommends keeping phones off the table during meals, avoiding charging them in bedrooms and turning off alert sounds to silence temptations that may compel you to look.

Experts also recommend resisting the urge to post things to Facebook so fast. Let yourself experience the moment first and share them later.

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