Activity: Cell Phone Deprivation


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1. To provide students with an initial idea of what it feels like to need and want to have something.

2. To learn how to identify behaviors and feelings as wants, needs, habits or addiction.

3. To compare student definitions of addiction with medical definitions of addiction, so that students gain a better understanding of and misperceptions related to addiction.

4. To allow the educator to see what students already know about addiction and what misconceptions they may have about addiction



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