21 Signs You’re Way Too Addicted to Your Phone
The first step is admitting you have a problem.
You think about life in terms of social media
Yes, your perfect swirl of soft serve would make a stunning food-in-the-air Instagram post. But it’s also melting down your arm while your ice cream parlor outing turns into an over-the-top photo shoot. Lock the moment to memory by enjoying the time with your family, rather than documenting every second. These are the 13 ways your cell phone affects your body and mind.
Your phone is the first and last thing you see every day
People often get married so they can wake up to their spouse every day. But a screen does not give those same cuddly feelings as your partner. The bright light your phone gives off could trigger alertness that keeps you wide-eyed, even after you’ve tossed it on your bedside table.
Answering texts makes you late
Let’s be honest—you’d probably have gotten out the door faster if you weren’t constantly updating your friend on how “soooo sorry” you were about losing track of the time but “leaving in 5, don’t hate me :(”. Leave your phone down as you’re prepping, then send one quick text with your ETA before heading out. These 8 texting habits are really annoying.
Your phone is in your hand, not your pocket
Leaving your phone out when you’re walking around, rather than stashing it in a bag or pocket preps you to immediately pull it up for every random Google opportunity your wandering mind comes up with. (Where is that new hibachi place your sister mentioned again?) Tuck it away unless it needs your immediate attention, like checking directions or updating a friend on your arrival time.
You set every reminder in your phone
You came to the store for eggs, milk, and…what was that last item? Relying on your phone to tell you everything sets you up to forget how to remember by yourself. Use these 7 tricks to lower your cell phone bill.
You use two screens at once
A relaxing Netflix binge was supposed to be your activity for the evening, yet your eyes are off the TV and instead checking out that cat video your Facebook friend just posted. Feeling the need to distract yourself even from entertainment is a sure sign you can’t stand time away from your phone.
You hate unanswered questions
Arguing about who’s right used to be half the fun of conversations. Not so when you immediately pull up Google, putting a quick stop to any friendly debate. Consider whether finding out the exact date Michael Jackson died is really as interesting as reminiscing about what you were doing when you heard the news. Here are 12 genius uses for old cellphones.
You need to make agreements for phone-free time
You were so proud of yourself for following through on your pact to spend your entire coffee date off your phones. But if your go-to habit is ignoring those around you in favor of your BFF Siri, it might be time to make zero-screen interactions a general rule.
Your phone is your bathroom reader
Chances are, you don’t really need to pull out your phone during every potty break. When even the bathroom isn’t a place to get screen time relief, you might be addicted. Here are 13 easy ways to speed up your cellphone.
You choose your outfits based on phone size
You almost fell in love with that pair of jeans at the store—until you realized the pockets were too small to hold your phone. Wean off your phone instead of letting it control your purchases. Or at least bring a wristlet into the equation so you have it on hand.