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Is your smartphone spying on you?

One study shows 80 percent of users check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up. Another found the average person checks their phone 150 times a day. (MGN Photo)

Smartphones can be addictive.

One study shows 80 percent of users check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up. Another found the average person checks their phone 150 times a day.

"When I'm not driving, I am on my phone," says college student Michael, 20. "I guess it's like the new generation."

Michael says he’s basically grown up with a phone in his hand, always on Snapchat, or Instagram or Facebook.

Meanwhile, Dave Delatorre, 26, admits it's unfortunate seeing everyone constantly glued to their gadgets and not socializing. He too is on his phone a lot but hates the word 'addict.'

"I try not to be. I am conscious of it,” Delatorre says. “I want to connect with people and not my phone."

However, Delatorre says what is even more alarming is the information his smartphone is gathering.

"I will be listening to music on Pandora and I'll drive past a certain place and an ad will play for that place that I am driving past,” Delatorre says. “That’s kind of weird."

Dr. Xenia Mountrouidou is a computer science professor. She believes our phones are constantly tracking by our location, search habits and what we share.

"You feel like you are being watched and I do understand that," Mountrouidou says.

We asked viewers for their stories, and many had similar responses to this one:

"My sister and I were talking about printers. Then I started getting ads for them on Facebook."

So is this just coincidence, or are smartphones gathering more personal info than we think they are?

Watch this story Monday night at 10 on Channel 7 News.

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