The technological advances of recent times have contributed a lot to the practicality of everyday life and, among numerous inventions, smartphones have gained a special prominence. Cell phone devices, which previously served few functions other than telephoning, are now real extensions of the human body due to their numerous resources.
Although all this practicality is of great use in everyday life, relying too much on the use of devices is not at all healthy and, like any other negative habit, overusing cell phones can also become an addiction.
In moderation, technological devices can help in daily organization, entertain, entertain and allow contact with people near and far. However, it is also important to make a reflection to find out if the use is not exaggerated and impairing some tasks in your daily life.
Below is a list of seven signs that you may have developed a dependency on smartphone use. If this is the case, try to reduce the hours of use a little, leave the cell phone aside from time to time and bet on tasks that do not depend on technology.
1. Body extension
When the smartphone seems to have taken root and be part of the human body, it is a good sign that it is time to review the time and the need for daily use. To be clear, this occurs when you simply need to carry the device with you wherever you are.
You go to the club, put the bag in the closet, but don’t keep your cell phone and dance all the time with the device in hand. When bathing in the pool, your cell phone is left on a table nearby and you periodically get out of the water to check it. When you feel like going to the bathroom, your gut just doesn’t work if your cell phone isn’t tracking.
2. First and last activity
Another evident sign of an already established addiction is when the device becomes the last activity of your day and the first of the following day. You need to fiddle with your phone until you fall asleep, and when you wake up, the first thing to do is check your phone’s emails and social media.
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In addition to being a sign of addiction, this type of habit can also have negative consequences for the body, such as impaired sleep and vision. Try leaving the device aside and reading a book before bed, the activity is healthier and can be just as much fun.
3. Right arm
The numerous functions and applications of the most technological devices have become excellent aids for everyday life. Now you can count on your cell phone as a to-do list, weight control and calorie intake, reminders, travel arrangements and many other functions.
It is interesting to use the device as your right arm, but relying too much on the cell phone’s functions is a sign of addiction and can also be harmful, since you are required to check the device several times a day. Try to come back with the paper agenda and try not to depend on the cell phone to carry out many activities.
4. Forgetfulness and panic
The idea of having forgotten the cell phone at home or having lost it somewhere creates a real panic for those who have a special dependence on the device. While a non-dependent person could act calmly with the idea of having left the cell phone at home, a person who does not live without the smartphone would consider the possibility of returning only to pick it up.
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Regarding the ideas of loss or theft, the feeling is much more intense and the person forgets that it is only a material good. Obviously no one is happy when it is stolen or loses an expensive object, however, a person who is not dependent on the device can handle this situation better.
5. Real time
Dependence is not always just on the device, as there are many cases where the cell phone is just one of the addictions in a set that includes internet, specific applications and social networks. When the person has the need to disclose their life in real time, the device becomes an indispensable tool at all hours of the day.
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In this case, it is necessary to be very careful not to live due to virtual life. You take a picture already thinking about posting on Instagram or Facebook, see an interesting scene on the street and go running to post and explain all the details almost in real time. This exaggerated need for interaction on social networks can make you miss many moments in real life.
6. Instant messaging
Another sign that indicates dependence on the device is the speed with which you respond or view messages on your cell phone. Even if you don’t want to respond instantly to a specific person, you look at the message the moment it arrives, even if the phone does not emit any noise from the incoming message.
This means that you check the device so many times a day that you are able to check everything at the exact moment it occurs. Try recording the time of the last time you touched the device and check your watch as soon as it rings again. Maybe it was only five or ten minutes apart.
7. Frequent sermons
If you have a dependency problem with your smartphone, maybe other people have noticed and warned you about it. If you have ever heard the teacher’s sermon for touching the cell phone in class, the parents themselves for eating meals while looking at the device, the friends for touching the cell phone all the time during a movie, perhaps the problem is really serious.
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Start listening to the advice and complaints from those close to you, as they are only concerned with your health and the difficulty you have of letting go of your cell phone for a few minutes or hours. If you use the device at inappropriate times, such as at lunch with friends, for example, it ends up causing a bad impression and makes people around you uncomfortable