Phone addiction is often not seen as an actual addiction because that word isn’t something people admit to. Addiction is a scary word mostly associated with drugs, p*********y or anything considered ‘bad’.
Your phone is the first thing you pick up when you wake in the morning and go to bed at night, or when you want to check something quickly — which usually ends up taking up your time. If your phone is what you subconsciously pick up habitually, even when you have no reason to, then you need to ‘break up’ with it. You spend more time on your phone than you do on realistic things like actually living and communicating inter-personally with actual living and breathing people. Forget all those addictive apps; they were wired that way to lure your attention. Get yourself aware of your habit, moderate it and spend the rest of your life on a long-term, non-addictive relationship.
Addiction to your phone can be as unhealthy to your health as any other thing you consider ‘bad’. Author Catherine Price says,
“An increasing number of us are coming to realise that our relationships with our phones are not exactly what a couple’s therapist would describe as healthy. According to data from Moment, a time-tracking app with nearly five million users, the average person spends four hours a day interacting with his or her phone.”
This is 28 hours a week of your time already. If you belong in this category, then you need to find out healthy ways you can use your phone.
The things we usually are addicted to are the apps and not the actual phone.
Check these easy ways to know if you have a phone app addiction problem, and are in need of a break-up, according to Meghan E. Holstein.
- You feel a compulsion to use it.
- You feel worse after using it than if you hadn’t.
- You regret using it.
- It makes your life worse instead of better.
- It gives you little to no benefit.
Do you fall in any of these categories? If yes, then we are sorry to break it to you: you need to break up with your phone now and fast.
Have you ever had any history with phone addiction? What apps are you most addicted to and need to break up with?
If yes, then do share, we’d love to know.