Take a look around you. Can you count how many people are on their cell phone? These days if you have a smart phone you have a mini computer in your hand. They have many of the same features such as social media, games, email, video chat, etc. As the smart phone became more popular a new type of addiction emerged.
There are signs and symptoms as there is with any other addiction. Here are some of the signs of cell phone addiction.
- Are you preoccupied with your cell phone?
- Do you have failed attempts to use your cell phone less?
- Do you lose track of time while on your cell phone?
- Has your phone usage had an effect on your relationship or work performance?
- Can you make it through a sit down dinner without looking at your phone?
- Do you have to have the newest version of your phone when it is released?
- Do you use your phone most often when you have undesired feelings?
- Do you suffer from withdrawal when your phone is broken, lost or there is no signal?
These are some of the signs that you are addicted to your cell phone.
There are also physical and psychological effects from cell phone addiction. These include but are not limited to eyestrain, neck stiffness, sleeplessness, possible infertility in males, obsessive compulsive disorder, a rise in sicknesses per year due to germs, and gamers thumb.
Since we are such a technologically driven population, it is a good idea to have some personal time away from your cell phone. Cell phones can be a major cause of stress and anxiety so here are some ideas of how to take some personal time.
- Take a walk, go for a jog or hike.
- Invite friends over to play a board game or a card game.
- Go swimming.
- Go to the gym.
- Read a book that is not on your phone.
- Paint, draw or color.
If there is something that happens or you need to know about, it will still be there when you get back to your phone. Your number one priority must be your own mental health.