Five signs you’re addicted to your smartphone

By admin
17 February 2014

Do you talk a lot to your friends on WhatsApp or check Twitter continually, even when you’re in company? Depending on how much time you spend on your smartphone, you could be addicted to it.

Quite apart from the fact it irritates your friends when you fiddle with your phone while you’re with them, overuse of these devices can be bad for your health. Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, says people’s smartphone use is on another level compared to our interaction with laptops.

People keep their smartphones close at hand from the moment their alarms (more than likely on their smartphones) go off in the morning, to the moment they switch off their lights (and phones, sometimes) at night.

“Smartphones continually interrupt and distract people, and steal from them the opportunity of focusing on one thing or just sitting and thinking about things,” he says.

Are you addicted?

  1. Expectation. You continually think about the calls or messages you might receive.
  2. Interferes with real interaction. You choose to spend time on your smartphone rather than spending it with your friends or family, or taking part in other activities.
  3. Emotional reaction. You get upset if someone interrupts you while you’re busy with your phone.
  4. Withdrawal symptoms. You get irritated if you don’t have your phone with you.
  5. Recognising the problem. You realise you use your smartphone too much and want to use it less but you don’t know how.

Sources: WikiHow, Men’s Health, WebMD

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