When’s the last time you went a whole day without your smartphone …*crickets*…
As a digital media company we definitely spend more time on our phones than the average person, but let’s be real here, in 2020 it’s almost IMPOSSIBLE to go anywhere without your smartphone because it serves as much more than ‘just a phone.’ They also double as a camera, research device, virtual shopping outlet, hand-held television and GPS, but it was not too long ago that having a cell phone was only seen in Science Fiction.
Humans have really only been using smartphones prominently for the last decade, so why have we become so dependent on these hand-held devices? Since this technology has been available throughout most of Gen Zer’s more formative years, it actually kind of makes sense.
Recent research at Oxford University concluded that most people between the ages of 15-25 actually have full-on panic attacks when they lose or misplace their phone. Some candidates even reported having a personal attachment to their device, almost as if they loved their phone as much as a friend or colleague.
This is definitely a cause for some concern and begs the question; What sorts of mental health issues will stem from our dependence on smartphones over time? AND How can we start mitigating those effects today?
Thankfully there are a lot of resources available for someone who may be dealing with Smart Phone Addiction. Still, as with most issues in life, the first step of solving any problem is admitting that you have one.
So how can you tell if you’re addicted to your phone, and what can you do to tackle these issues before it truly starts to effect your mental health?
Some signs of smartphone addiction may include;
- Having a Panic attack when you leave or forget your smartphone somewhere
- Feeling false vibrations from your phone
- Anxiety while waiting for a message
- Depression and Bordom with everyday life
- Continuing to use your phone even when hanging out with loved ones
- Mindlessly scrolling while completing other tasks
If you answered yes to one or more of the above, then there’s a solid chance that you may be addicted to your phone, but don’t worry, you aren’t alone, and Thankfully there are a lot of resources out there for people dealing with phone addiction. If you’ve been wanting to cut back on how much you use your phone why not try implementing some of these habits into your daily routine
- Make meals a “no-phone zone”
- Stop using your phone an hour before bed
- Turn off your notifications
- Put your phone in a drawer when guests visit
- Get a real alarm clock
- Limit your Social Media viewing to 2 hours a day
Even some Celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Daisy Ridley, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift all take digital breaks from time to time and publicly speak about the effects that Social Media’s has on our mental health in society.
Feeling isolated, losing drive and creativity, and depression are all real issues that can be avoided by analyzing your phone habits. As Kim K once said – We only live once, do you really want to live that life buried in your phone?
Have you ever delt with phone addiction? Let us know in the comments below!