Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone? Four Signs to Know

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Do you think you’re addicted to your smartphone? Neither do most people, but your answers to the following four questions may change your mind:

  1. Do you panic when you don’t know where your phone is?
  2. Is your phone with you at all times, even during trips to the bathroom?
  3. Have you ignored family/ friends in social situations to attend to your phone/ check notifications?
  4. Is checking your phone the first thing you do when you wake up and the last thing you do before bed?

Nomophobia—shortened from “no-mobile-phone-phobia”—is a very real phenomenon that psychologists say is affecting more and more people every day. It is undeniable that society has developed a serious attachment to its smartphones, but at what cost? Like any drug, overuse can be destructive, especially when it steals focus from very important tasks, like driving or navigating traffic as a pedestrian.

How to Break the Smartphone Habit

Breaking the habit of routinely, almost compulsively, checking a phone for new emails, alerts and notifications can be tricky, especially if users don’t feel they have a problem in the first place.

However, once a person can recognize their inability to go phone-less, they can begin to take steps to create a better balance between technology and their real life.

Prevent total addiction by obeying these tips:

  • Designate a time to check emails and notifications and leave your phone alone the rest of the time;
  • DO NOT take your phone into bed when you go to sleep. If it’s your alarm, get an alarm clock;
  • Put your phone on silent for “time off” of use;
  • Stop push notifications as they cause extra distraction and pull you into use; and
  • Take a full weekend to perform a technology “detox”: stash your phone on Friday night and don’t use it again until Sunday afternoon. This should help your brain reset and get back to normal patterns of activity.

Above All, DO NOT Use Your Phone While Driving

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that using a smartphone detracts from the focus you need for the task at hand.

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