Cell Phone Addiction
Cell Phone Addiction: Although cell phones allow individuals to have unlimited access to information and to connect with others in a way otherwise thought impossible, there are many harmful and disturbing effects of smartphone dependence. Cell phone addiction, sometimes referred to as problematic mobile phone use, is a behavioral addiction thought to be similar to that of an Internet, gambling, shopping, or video game addiction and leads to severe impairment or distress in one’s life. Cell phones have become a representation of social status and thus, there is pressure to own the newest release and to have all of the best applications. People suffering from this condition oftentimes have what has been coined “nomophobia,” or the fear of being without one’s cell phone. Some common signs of cellphone addiction are listed below.
- checking your phone as soon as you wake up
- checking your phone compulsively to see if you have a new message
- not being able to delay responding to a new message on your phone: research by Atchely and Warden showed that people who were offered money to delay replying to a message (the longer they delayed the reply the more they were paid) were not affected by the offer i.e. they would rather reply immediately to a message then get paid not to
- sleeping with your phone (or immediately next to you)
- texting and driving
- feeling anxious or depressed when your cellphone is off or not with you
- Feeling anxious when the WiFi goes off
- Feeling anxious about running out of data
- checking your phone in the middle of a discussion or social interaction with another person – it has become commonplace for people having lunch or coffee together to stop talking and to spend time on their phones
How to break free from the hold your phone has on you are listed below.
- block access to certain apps
- set daily time limit
- set bedtime: allow reading apps but block games
- set lights out time: when all apps are blocked
- reward tasks: if child cleans room they can request for a time extension
- block social network and games app during school hours
- Parents have their own app to control the childs phone e.g. during dinner if your child wont get off their phone use this app to block their phone
- Make rules for yourself concerning your phone usage.
- Set time periods in which you shouldn’t use your phone (i.e., 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.).
- Designate activities in which your phone is forbidden (e.g., driving, dinner time).
- Schedule break times to access your phone or social media.
Cell Phone Addiction