Imagine a world where all the information available to humanity is readily available at your fingertips, kept in your pocket at close range for easy access to whatever you may need to know. A tiny supercomputer at your beck and call. We live in that world. It’s the world of smartphones. They’re as amazing a boon as they are a detrimental crutch on society. And too many people find it increasingly hard to put down their phones when they need to. Are they addicted, or do they just really like their phones?
These range from anything like checking for social posts every few minutes to flat out being pulled over for texting and driving. If you’re frequently being told to get off your phone in public settings, checking every notification at red lights, using it at inappropriate times, and panicking if you haven’t seen it for more than two minutes, then you might possibly have a problem.
This is a big one because the list is enormous and complex. Any number of symptoms of addiction to the phone can arise:
- Blurred vision
And more. If any of these apply either while waiting for messages, losing track of your phone, or perhaps using it at inopportune times, you may have a problem.
Signs of Withdrawal
If you go without your phone for a short period of time and you aren’t addicted, you shouldn’t feel anything more than a sense of irritation at the mild inconvenience. Many of us rely on our phones for work and that’s a pretty good reason to panic if you suddenly can’t find it; you can’t do your work without it. But if your phone is with you purely for normal daily usage and you experience any of the following when it’s missing, you might have a problem.
- Craving the phone
Considerable Pattern Usage
How often do you reach for your phone? Are you constantly on it? Are you just bored and searching through social media to kill time? But if you’re reaching for your phone out of a sense of need for it, a sense of anxiety if it’s not with you, then you might have a problem.
The Reactions of Others
How do people around you react when they see you on your phone constantly? Do they sigh or roll their eyes? Are they constantly trying to encourage you to put the phone away and pay attention to them? We can read the room surprisingly well just by watching the actions of those around us. If the people around you seem to grow increasingly annoyed whenever you’re on your phone, then you might have a problem.
If you feel like your life may come to an end when you don’t have your phone with you, then it’s possible you could very well have become addicted to it. The very thought of not having it gives you a cold chill and you feel anxious just considering it. Don’t even mention the idea of leaving it at home when you go to work. If feeling like being away from your phone makes you sick, you might have a problem.
Your Phone is Glued to Your Hand
You may have noticed this, but it’s a safe bet your family has known for a while. They see that you never really look up from your phone, much less pay attention to them. You find it a struggle to put the phone down while you’re working. If five minutes never go by without you once picking up your phone, you might have a problem.
Your Phone Battery Doesn’t Last a Day
Now this one is a bit arguable since the age of your phone and its battery can also play a factor in how long the battery lasts, and older batteries aren’t going to have the same life that their younger counterparts have. But if you’ve got a combination of always having your phone and finding that you’re charging it two or three times a day in tandem, then you might have a problem.
The First and Last Thing You Do
First thing when you get up, you check for new notifications. Last thing every day, maybe you’re reading a new post or surfing the web. If this in tandem with some of the other signs is a common sign of addiction, and like any addiction, it may require outside intervention, which is the first critical step toward recovering and claiming your normal life back. If this is the case, you might have a problem.
Obsessive Impulsive Checking
If you’re constantly checking your phone in any instance, obsessing about new messages or details and obsessing over missed calls and texts, then honestly, you may have to admit that you might have a problem.
Phones are a necessity of life at this point in the game. But they can sometimes rule us. If you identify with four or more signs in this list, then it’s time to face the truth; you might be addicted to your phone.