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"The same chemicals are released in your brain when you get a text message as when you drink an alcoholic beverage, smoke a cigarette or gamble. What in essence is happening is we're allowing children from 6 to 10 years of age access to our lliquor cabinet when we give them a smartphone. Theyr'e constantly texting so they're continually getting high." 

- John Gatica, MEd, director of Federal Programs for Communities in Schools in the South Plains — formerly a high school principal for 26 years and current PhD student in neuroscience. 

The following links provide more information related to Mr. Gatica's statement. 

107 Texting Statistics That Answer All Your Questions 

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Yes, Smartphone Addiction Does Harm Your Teen's Mental Health

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