Over 90% of American adult’s population owns a cell phone and consequently so is the number of people that are addicted to their phones. The irony is when these phones were invented, they were intended to make life easier. Some people do not have a life because they do not know when to turn them off, even when proclaimed dangerous use of cell phones, like driving while talking and worse texting.
You probably know more than one person who is a cell phone addict. These same people will have an anxiety attack if they forgot their phones at home.
They cannot enjoy what they are doing until that phone is back in their hand.
Top 5 signs that prove cell phone addiction:
1. Reaching out to your cell phone first thing upon awakening
James Robert refers to something as salient when an individual takes their phone as the most essential thing in their life. Before the invention of the cell phone, one simply reached out to their alarm clock or just woke up, but nowadays the first thing people do is to reach for their device. The bottom line is if the first act you do after waking up is to think about your phone and check your texts or social media updates, you have the first sign of being a cell phone addict.
2. You pick up your cell phone when you’re bored
This is called the euphoria experience (the excitement you get after receiving a notification from your phone). This experience will only give a temporal enjoyment or feeling. You always look forward to updates from people on social status, and you feel excited to check it out whenever you are bored and have nothing to do.
3. Becomes anxious when your cell phone is out of sight
Over 68% of adults feel stress, tension, agitated, restlessness, and anxious when their cell phone is out of sight. Do you feel the same? This is known as the withdrawal symptom. This is a clear sign that you’re addicted to your cell phone whenever you feel uneasy when your phone is not with you. It does not matter for how long the phone is separated from the addict; the addict will feel uncomfortable even after a small amount of time being apart from their cell phone.
4. When people start complaining about your cell phone use
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where people complain about you using your phone too much? This conflict and complain is very common around a phone addict. You should keep an eye on your addiction if your parent, spouse, boss or friends, complain that you are spending too much attention on your phone.
5. Spending more time into using your cell phone
When a person suffering from the addiction spends more and more time on their phone, James Robert refers to this as tolerance. You should always keep an eye on your average time spend on your phone regardless if you’re checking social media, or checking any new buzz from your phone. IT just like an addiction to alcohol, the drinker will find it difficult to stop, so as a cell phone addict will spend more time on their phone.
Addiction to a cell phone can affect personal relationships, with partners and even kids Work performance can be dramatically affected by the use of a cell phone if the addicted person is constantly with their phone.