Find out if you are addicted to your smartphone
Just like happens with alcohol, food, or drugs, if you overuse your smartphone you might be at risk of developing an addiction.
This is not a mom theory, or the typical adult speech to a teenager, it is a reality proved by science and medical experts.
The most recent warning came from experts at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health, who have said that there are two warning signs we can detect for smartphone addictions. The first one is when your device is interfering with your life. The other one is when you get withdrawal symptoms when you try cutting back.
Now, as in any other addiction case, it’s not easy to accept we have a problem, and it’s even more difficult to take action to fight against it. However, there are certain things that we can start doing at least to determine if the use of the smartphone is already a problem or is on its way to become one. Here are some questions you should ask yourself, and be honest!
- Are you having concentration issues at work because of the use of your smartphone?
- If you don’t have your device at hand, are you constantly thinking about it and you get irritated?
- How often do you check your phone? Probably, more than it should be?
- Have you had comments or critics from friends and family about the overuse of your smartphone?
The first step is to recognize where are you on the addiction zone. If you are already there, or getting closer, it is time to do something.
Again, as in any other addiction problem, there is a process that might not be easy, but it could be your ticket to get out of a serious problem…because it is serious.
Let’s start by setting aside the phone for a few hours every day. It could be as soon as you get home, it could be during your lunch break, or at any time of the day, but it is important to be constant, to have goals and to keep those goals in mind.
Talk to your friends and family to establish together some rules of use while being on a social activity or at meals time. It will help all of you.
Once you start learning how to separate from your device for a few hours every day, you can go to the next step. Instead of charging the smartphone in your bedroom, do it in a different place of your home. It will help you to avoid the temptation to use it at night or early in the morning.
Nobody said it was going to be easy but it is definitely possible and it will be very positive!