Smartphones are an important component of lives. But some people believe there should be a limit to how they use phones (and tablets). Some have gone to the extent of saying that excessive usage of phones can cause several social and health disorders, including brain cancer (see References section). Point is, are you addicted to your phone? Check out the following 10 signs to find out.
1] People with phone addiction, panic when they find out that they misplaced their phone. They will search for every possible place and won’t rest until they find it. In case they can’t find it, they feel very depressed and will probably stay away from others for a few days.
2] If they leave the phone at home, they feel a kind of void – as if they left something, as important as a human baby, unattended at home. They can’t wait to get home – to pick up their phone and check for notifications.
3] How quickly do you check your phone after waking up? Some studies have suggested a majority of people check their phone within one hour of waking up. Some cases were also found where people check for their phones even as they are struggling to wake up.
4] Do you carry your phone into the toilet instead of newspapers? This one is based on the above but a little different. The point here is using phones and tablets for news instead of actual newspapers.
5] Does your phone take a shower with you? There are cases where people use water-proof covers so that they can take their phones to the shower or bath tub where they keep on chatting or doing anything similar.
6] Checking the phone frequently for notifications and getting disappointed upon seeing none. One of the many signs that tell if you are addicted to your phone is that users want constant interaction with their phone – irrespective of what they are doing in real life.
7] This one expands on point six. Do you keep on texting and chatting even though you have a real person to talk to at the moment? In other words, if you are talking to a person in real life, would you still be using the phone?
8] How less are you using your computers these days – compared to phones? As people get addicted to phones, they gradually shift from their normal computers to phones and tablets for almost everything: To visit a site, to check their mail, for chatting and other purposes. A heavy and sudden reduction in usage time of normal computers combined with an increase in usage time of phones is indicative of phone addiction. For example, you may be reading this on your phone!
9] How often do you try to stay up in the night to chat, converse or catch up with social sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc.? Ever happened that you woke up with the phone still in your hand? Maybe you need a Digital Detox!
10] Finally, what do you prefer towards the end of the day:
- Staying up on the bed doing something on your phone or
- Spending some quality time with your family?
These are some tell-tale signs that show that you may be addicted to your smartphone. Know them, so that you can know if you are addicted to your mobile phone. Are you!?