Technology acceptance has been well-studied in the IS field, however, technology dependency/addiction – a form of overadaptation (Porter and Kakabadse, 2006) – requires much-needed attention. This research provides a behavior control conceptual model intended to govern technology over-adaptation. The model also incorporates a behavior control mechanism framework by which solutions to technology dependency can be devised, implemented, managed, and measured. The behavior control conceptual model will facilitate future empirical research while the mechanism framework will inform practitioners as to deterrence mechanisms that can be used to reduce addictive tendencies. In the context of deterring adolescent dependency on text messaging, behavior control mechanisms are proposed through technology device control, “institutionalized” rules and regulations, and ultimately “intrinsic” cognitive beliefs.