Transcript for Warning Signs That Your Kid Might Be Addicted to His Phone
call 1-866-999-0146 to apply now. We're honest with ourselves, we're all pretty tied to our smart phones, especially teens who can't seem to look away from the screen. Are they feeling the fear of missing out or is it the beginnings of an addiction? T.j. Holmes finds out. Reporter: Now, this interview here is going to take about 30 minutes. Are you going to be able to make it 30 minutes without looking at your phone? I can do it. I'll try. Reporter: Jason Clark loves his smart phone. He's a 15-year-old. But he's so attached to it his family worries he might actually one day need therapy to get it under control. You've been on the phone how long? Four hours. We asked him to put an a on his phone to fratrack his use. Yesterday six hours. Reporter: His mom says there are days it's eight or 12 hours. She thinks it's crossed the line. When you're talking about addiction, you're talking about I can't live without it. You think he's dependent on it? I know he is. Reporter: Cell phone addiction isn't officially designated as an official disorder, but one doctor thinks it should be. He treatments people for what he calls compulsive use of technology. Their brain changes in ways to chemical addicts. Reporter: That sounds nuts. If you talk to the parents of my clients, they come in and say my kid is like a junkie. They feel like it's an addiction. Reporter: When does it go from being Normal acceptable teenage behavior to a problem that needs to be addressed? When we talk about a compulsion, it's not the behavior. It's whether you have control over it. Reporter: Clark says she worries her son fits the definition and it's affecting other parts of his life. As his phone use goes up, the grades go down and she's noticed changes in his behavior. When somebody freaks out because you're taking something they have an emotional attachment to, it's an addiction. Reporter: Jason says there's nothing on Normal about his use and doesn't believe it has a major impact on the other parts of his life, but he admits he could stand to cut back later. I'm about to end this interview. What's the first thing you're going to do? Check my phone. At least he's honest. Tune into to good morning
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