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Are you as obsessed with your phone as Hoda?

Lookout Mobile Security recently released a study revealing how smartphone fixation is becoming extreme. Hoda can relate. 

On the show Thursday, Hoda had her phone right next to her. “We’re doing a national television show!” Kathie Lee said.

Hoda defended herself, saying, “But here’s the thing about mine: I have a lot of things on here, pictures...” 

According to the study, 40 percent of people check their phone in the bathroom, and one in five say it is the first thing they do after sex, which KLG calls “really rude.” 

“What’s going on there?” Hoda asked.

KLG had the answer: “Well, people don’t smoke anymore; they gotta reach for something, and it’s their phone.”  

Kathie Lee said the impact of phones on contemporary culture has made us into “a post-human generation ... we are now officially more comfortable with a machine than with a human being ... think about the implications in terms of interpersonal relationships.” 

Hoda isn’t helping to persuade KLG otherwise. Hoda said she can get lost in her phone, especially when playing her favorite games. “I downloaded this one called Bejeweled - have you played that?” She told KLG it is so addictive “your eyes are crossed, you try to get three jewels in a row... you’ve never done it?”

“Why would I want to do that?” KLG asked. 

“I don’t know!” Hoda said.

TODAY.com contributor Jillian Eugenios is busy right now. She's checking her phone in the bathroom.


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