Life happens. More and more it happens on our devices; phones, tablets, laptops—even smartwatches. But were any of our gadgets to suddenly dematerialize, it would probably be the lack of a phone that would cause the most anguish; likely even panic. That’s because we—as a society—have become serious phone addicts. And that includes you (as you’re about to discover).
With every passing day our physical and digital lives fuse a little bit more. With every passing day chances improve that the general population reads articles like this one on phones (rather than laptops or desktop computers). With every passing day—whether you’re aware of the change or not—your phone feels like more of an appendage and less of an accessory.
Thanks to the Internet—and the phones that bring it so close to us—a large portion of our lives are actually lived online; connected. The question is: how possible is it for us to disconnect—even if only for a time? Tell me, is disconnecting from your smartphone (for any event other than sleeping) even remotely possible?
Before you answer too quickly, see how many of the following questions you yes to (be honest)…
How To Tell If You’re A Phone Addict
- Has someone in your life ever complained that you spend too much time on your phone?
- Are you on your phone more than 60 times per day?
- Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning—even before you get out of bed?
- When you realize you’ve left your phone in another room, do you feel anxious until you retrieve it?
- Have you ever felt bad because you missed something important as a result of being too absorbed in your phone?
- Is your digital addiction costing you money?
- Do you ever check your phone in the bathroom?
- Do you spend more than 25 minutes a day “wasting time” on your phone (accomplishing nothing at all)?
- Rather than giving your full attention to an important conversation with family, friends or coworkers, do you frequently find your hands fumbling for your phone?
- Do you ever get bored with your phone because you’ve used it too much?
- Do you and your phone always spend the night in the same room?
- Most days do you spend more time with your phone close by than you spend close to the people you’re closest to?
- When you are bored with whatever you are doing