21 Signs You’re Way Too Addicted to Your Phone

The first step is admitting you have a problem.

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You check the time, then immediately forget


We’ve all been there. You open your screen to check what time it is, then forget as soon as it goes dark again, and have to look once more. You’re so used to glancing at your phone that it becomes a habit, rather than an actual way to gain information.

Your phone is your security blanket

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You’re waiting for your meeting to start, so instead of making small talk with your coworkers, you stare intently at your phone, going through those unimportant emails you’d purposely ignored before. Quit turning to your phone during awkward situations, and boost your confidence by forcing yourself to work the room. Those face-to-face interactions will be way more satisfying than scrolling through Twitter. Here's how expert minglers naturally make small talk.

Your phone is always on you


Of course you wouldn’t be so rude as to start texting when you’re out for dinner, but you still leave your phone in your pocket or on the table (it’s on silent, though!) where you can see it. Separation anxiety could be a major sign you should take a break from your relationship with your screen. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, after all. These are 50 little etiquette rules you should always practice.

You lose track of time scrolling

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You’d pulled up your phone to look up one quick thing, and suddenly you’ve wasted half an hour scrolling deep into your Twitter feed. Set a timer to limit screen time if you find yourself getting (and staying) distracted easily. Turning off notifications and these other tricks could make you more productive.

You always carry your charger

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Don’t blame a poor battery for your phone’s short life. If it’s already drained halfway through the day, you’re probably spending more time than you think on battery-sucking apps. Leave the screen black so it doesn’t have to work so hard to keep up with your demands. Here are secrets to a better phone battery life.

“Low battery” gives you a heart attack


Just because your phone hits 20 percent doesn’t mean you’re about to be left lost and abandoned with no way to reach family and friends. Resist the urge to run for your charger or ask everyone around you if you can borrow one, and take it as a sign that you should take a breather from your screen.

You keep checking for notifications

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No, you didn’t feel your phone vibrate, but you still double check to make sure you didn’t miss a message in the ten minutes since you last looked. Sorry, but that’s just wishful thinking.

Phantom vibrations haunt you


Convincing yourself you felt your phone vibrate when it never went off could be your mind looking for an excuse to check your phone. Say no to the temptation to address every notification immediately.

You’re a distracted driver


We know you know not to look down at your phone when you’re behind the wheel. Yes, even at red lights. Yes, even in long, straight stretches. In the five seconds it takes to send a text, your car could have traveled the length of a football field. We promise your friend can wait the 15 minutes until you get home for your answer. Here's exactly how to handle these 11 scary driving scenarios.

You still don’t know the way to your favorite store


“In 250 feet, turn right.” How did we ever get around without an all-knowing voice telling us the way? Unfortunately, your phone’s GPS could also make it harder to remember directions on your own. A study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied found that participants who used a GPS that reoriented with the subject were able to find their destination more easily, but were less likely to remember landmarks than those who used a map. Use your own GPS with caution, keeping an eye on your surroundings so you can find your way back, and boost your memory with these everyday habits.

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