Almost 52% of the mobile phone users will show all of these 25 signs of serious phone addiction. What about you?
There is no doubt that life without phones would be difficult.
We need them for daily purposes including socializing, making and receiving important calls, staying in touch, and the like.
However, some people know and understand that excessive usage of phones is not good for health.
In fact, it could lead to numerous health and social disorders including brain cancer.
Nonetheless, it is easy for people to get addicted to their phones, especially because smart phones these days have so much to offer.
Here are the signs that show that you might be addicted to your phone:
You have your phone in your hand 24/7
Chances are that if you are completely addicted to your phone, you will always keep your phone in your hand or somewhere close to you.
People who are addicted will always, or in most of the instances, be seen with their phones, either chatting away, being on call, or using some random app or the other.
It is difficult for such people to part with their phones for a long time for they can have a panic attack even if they feel for a second that they have lost their phone.
Not a day goes by that you are without your phone
People who are addicted to their phones will not be able to live without it even for a day.
If, by mistake, they ever leave their phones at home and realize midway that they did, then they will make it a point to go back home and fetch it.
These people need to have their phones with them constantly, without which they feel incomplete.
Your phone battery does not even last a day
You will know that you are addicted if you always find yourself charging your phone multiple times in a day.
While smart phones are heavily equipped with a lot of apps and other entertainment sources, they consume a lot of battery, especially if used continuously. Data transfers used by most entertainment and social apps tend to drain the battery extremely fast.
When you are running out of battery, you run for your charger
Do you find yourself running after your charger instantly as soon as you get that low battery notification every time?
If so, then you might be addicted to your phone.
Some people are so obsessed with their phones that they will use it constantly until their battery is running out and then immediately run for the charger to charge it before their phone dies on them.
In some of the cases, they will sit right next to where their phone is charging so that they can use it as it charges.
You worry about losing your cell phone
Cell phone addicts are constantly worried about losing their phones, and they will most likely have a panic attack if they lose their phones even for as little as one second.
Being constantly worried about losing your phone is certainly not a healthy behavior, and hence indicates clear signs of addiction.
You take your phone to the bathroom
If you are addicted to your phone, then chances are that you would take it everywhere with you, even to the bathroom.
If a person starts taking his/her phone to the bathroom, then he/she will normally take longer than usual to come out, since he/she will become all too consumed with the phone inside.
You are on your phone in social settings
Social settings and occasions are meant to be enjoyed, and the purpose of these settings is to talk to the people all around you instead of being on your phone.
However, most of the times, the people at social gatherings are glued to their phones.
If you are on your phone more often at these social gatherings, then chances are that you are addicted to your phone.
You check your phone constantly, in most cases without any reason
People who are addicted to their phones will check them constantly without any reason.
They just feel the need to be on their phones, even though they are not expecting an important message or phone call.
In some cases, people even feel phantom vibrations of their phones.
The first thing you do after getting up in the morning, and the last thing you do before going to sleep at night, is check your phone
Do you find yourself checking your phone as soon as you wake up in the morning and as soon as you are about to fall asleep at night?
If so, then you might just be heavily addicted to your phone.
Keeping your phone close to or right next to you while you sleep can cause serious disruptions to your sleeping patterns.
Therefore, this behavior is not healthy.
Even while getting ready to sleep you feel the need to check your phone
Addicted people want to check their phones all the time, even while they are preparing to go to sleep.
They will then be in their beds and using their phones until they fall asleep, either going through random apps or talking to someone.
Vacation time is more like an extended phone time for you
Most people would spoil their whole vacation by being on their phones instead of spending quality time there and enjoying the different place that they are at.
There is no point of a vacation if you remain on your phone constantly there as well.
You might as well then just stay at your home and use your phone there, at least that would save you from wasting any money.
You obsessively check for emails, texts, and missed calls
People who are addicted to their phones will become obsessive about missed calls, texts, and emails.
They will check their phones even while engrossed in other work or during important meetings.
You start feeling your phone vibrate just to find out later that it was a false alarm
Such false alarms are known as phantom vibrations where a person might assume their phone to have vibrated just to find out later that it was a false alarm.
People start experiencing phantom vibrations particularly when they have become obsessively addicted to their phones.
You carry it in your hand instead of your bag or pocket
If you are addicted to your phone, then chances are that you will be carrying it in your hand instead of your pocket or bag in most of the cases.
Keeping your phone in your hand constantly can also lead to addiction, since then you have better access to it and you will be turning the screen on and off without any reason.
You turn to your phone whenever things get awkward
Do you find yourself relying on your phone a little too often whenever things get awkward?
If your answer is yes, then you are probably addicted to your phone.
Sure, the phone can be your savior every once in a while, but if you find yourself relying on it a little too often, then you might just have a problem.
You HAVE to reply to messages even while you are getting a massage and trying to de-stress
Most people would be using their phone even when they are at a spa and trying to de-stress and melt away their worries for the day.
People get a massage for relaxation purposes, and phones are one of the primary stress causing machines.
Therefore, in order to unwind properly, it is essential that the phones are kept as far away as possible during the process.
You are currently reading this article on your phone
If you are a phone addict, then chances are that that you are reading this article on your phone.
Most people who are phone addicts would browse the web and do all their online related tasks on their phones instead of using their laptops or desktops.
Dressing up for an important occasion can wait, but your phone can’t
Phone addicts would normally be on their phones until the last minute, even if they have to dress up for an important occasion.
Their phones are extremely important to them and they would be on it all the time.
Once they are completely satisfied with the amount of time they have spent on their phones, only then will they get off their couch or bed to get ready for their special occasion.
You’re on your phone even while watching TV or eating food
Phone addicts will most likely be on their phones while they are watching TV or eating food.
This also means that they will be more focused on their phones as opposed to being focused on the aspect at hand, i.e. food or TV.
For them, consuming food or watching TV is a secondary activity to using their phones.
You procrastinate on important work with your phone
If you are a phone addict, then you would probably procrastinate on all your important work with your phone.
Smart phones can be very addictive, and people would normally be on them no matter how important their other tasks would be.
Even while performing other tasks, phone addicts would need to use their phones in the middle of their work.
You have a panic attack if you leave your phone at home
Being a phone addict means that you have to have your phone with you at all times.
When addicts leave their phones at home by mistake, they might have a panic attack the moment they realize it.
In most of the cases, addicts will make sure that they have their phone with them before they leave their home.
You do not mind responding to messages or checking your phone while on a date
Dates are meant to be occasions where you give your undivided attention to the person you are with.
However, with phone addicts, the situation might be a little different.
They will keep checking their phones and responding to messages even while they are out on a date.
Such behavior definitely seems rude to the other person, especially if they want to talk to you and get to know you better.
For you, your phone is one of the most important experiences that you treasure
If you are a phone addict, then you would most likely crave being on the phone a little too much.
Your phone will thus be one of the most important experiences for you, and you will most likely treasure those experiences.
It is also likely that you will treasure these experiences more than the actual events that are happening around you.
You get lost in your phone without realizing how much time you have wasted
Phone addicts would most likely get lost in their phones all the time without even realizing that they have wasting so much time on it.
Once they are on it, it is hard for them to get off it, and in some cases, they might even have to force themselves to get off it.
You will be caught using your phone during exams or an important meeting
If you are a phone addict, then chances are that you will be caught using your phone while you are sitting through an exam or attending an important meeting.
Exams and meetings are not places where phones should be used as you could get into a lot of trouble for it.
However, addicts just cannot seem to help themselves and they will use it whenever they get their hands on it.
Phone addicts usually show most, if not all, of these 25 signs that are stated above.
While phone addiction is very much real, very few people are actually aware about their addiction.
This essentially means that they will keep about their addiction unknowingly, and thus would not do anything to reduce its effects.
It is not that difficult to get rid of your phone addiction, provided that you take the necessary steps and seek help, either professionally or from the people around you.