Recent news headlines focusing on smartphone addiction caused me to take a good hard look at myself and behaviors. Could smartphones be the nicotine addiction of this generation? With absolutely no scientific information to back up my theories, I have compiled a list of signs that you may have a smartphone addiction.
Warning Sign: Impulse Control:
When you hear that vibration of your smartphone indicating a new message. Do you stop everything to immediately determine who or what is trying to contact you? Typically this is followed by a huge let-down when you realize it’s only spam. Worse yet is the practice of refreshing your smartphone, hoping some profound enlightenment will be found via Facebook.
Warning Sign: Isolation:
Finding yourself friends with people you have never met except on social media. Meanwhile all of your real friends no longer speak to you.
Warning Sign: Physical Dependence:
The inability to go to the bathroom without smartphone in hand. (Take this literally.).
Warning Sign: Disorientation:
Remember when you could find locations with simple directions in hand. You now find yourself lost in your own city. The only way to find a location is through the GPS conveniently located on your smartphone. You may even think the voice you are hearing is real causing you to curse the very voice that is trying to guide you. Though I am convinced sometimes she is just messing with me.
Warning Sign: Nomophobia:
Nomophobia is the fear of being without your phone ( yes this is a real term ). Have you ever left home without your phone and felt a complete sense of dread? The feeling of something happening to you with no way of getting help. Do you turn around to go home to retrieve your smartphone? Even worse have you never forgotten your phone because it’s attached to you like an appendage?
Warning Sign: Compulsion:
Endless social media engagement comprises much of your day. Like a stalker into other peoples lives you spend much of your day seeing what other people are doing, instead of living out your own dreams. Sleep is impossible without your last evening fix of social media drama.
Warning Sign: Denial:
Are you able to disconnect from your smartphone for a day? Do you ever turn your smartphone off? Funny I haven’t been able to, but that’s okay I don’t have a problem.
I may have taken a lighthearted approach with the signs I have listed, but that’s just my writing style. It is my opinion that in years to come we will be looking at smartphones much like we do the nicotine industry of today. What has Kathy Brown found out about herself in this newest blog post? That I can no longer be in denial of my smartphone addiction. I justify my usage as mindless fun or building my blogging brand, however I am slowly being brainwashed. My takeaway is to put the phone down and find the small joys of life.
Oh… I also found that I should really stop referring to myself in the third person…