Hello, my name is S and I am an addict. (Part 2)

Now that we have all had ample time to check our social media feeds, respond to all of our e-mails, and post at least one selfie and one brunchstagram, we should probably talk about what smartphone addiction is, and how you can determine if you have a problem too.

Smartphone addiction has a name! Colloquially it is called “nomophobia”, meaning “fear of being without a mobile phone”. This refers to an overuse of the internet, or an addiction to the internet, as it is not the devices that keep us connected, they rarely create the compulsions that we experience. The compulsion is rather a result of the games, apps, and online networks that our devices can be used to connect us to. Further, studies indicate that on average, people check their cellphones every six-and-a-half minutes. So if you think you are exempt from the addicted category, you might want to think again.

Here are 11 signs that you too may have a problem! (Come to the dark side, we have WIFI).

  1. Thinking about spending a day without your phone is seemly laughably impossible.
  2. You spend more time on your phone than you do talking to people face-to-face.
  3. You cannot go more than a half hour without checking your smartphone.
  4. You cannot sit through a meal without checking your smartphone.
  5. You will turn around and go home when you are more than halfway to your destination because you realized your forgot your phone at home.
  6. You HOPE you hit red lights on your drive home so that you can check your messages.
  7. Your phone always takes the trip to the bathroom with you.
  8. You cannot be more than five feet from your device without experiencing anxiety.
  9. You have, on more than one occasion, dropped your smartphone on your face while using it in bed.
  10. The thought of ever turning your smartphone off seems so ridiculously impossible you won’t even entertain it.
  11. You have a legitimate fear of missing something if you cannot check your social media feeds.

If you are still unsure about whether or not you are addicted to your smartphone take this super scientifically accurate quiz here to find out.

Now that I have completed the first step – I have admitted I am powerless over my vice – I am ready to move on.

 

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