Head down, mind buried in a digital world, is how many people pass the time these days. Just take a stroll through Tampa International and you'll find a smartphone in almost everyone's hands.
"I hate to say it but -- I'm totally addicted to it now," said Art Conforti, an Android user.
Studies show nearly half of all adults own a smartphone and 42 percent admit they often use it to cure boredom. They're just a touch away from endless streams of information.
"I find myself checking the news, the weather every morning, and basically playing games in my downtime," Conforti said.
But instant access does come with a cost, as some families with multiple devices are experiencing. Phones upgrades and data plans all come at a premium.
"It adds up quick by the time you add in two, three, four, you keep going with your phone, it adds up," said Tom Haseltine, who pays for several family smartphones.
According to the Wall Street Journal, citing Department of Labor stats, users spent almost a $120 more per year in 2011 on their phone services than they did in '07 – while spending on eating out, clothes and entertainment all dropped.
The trend may continue going up as carriers continue to up their data speeds. But as some users told us, it is an expense their willing to pay.
"Everything takes a priority. I definitely think it would come over other activities," said Tina Spells, an iPhone user.
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