Are You Addicted to Your Cell Phone?

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When you think of addiction, you probably picture alcohol abuse, gambling, or notorious celebrities who have been exposed in very public drug scandals. But the truth is that anything can be addictive. Some people are addicted to shopping. Some are addicted to food. And yes, you can even be addicted to your cell phone.

Mixed Race Woman with Smart Phone Texting and Driving.Cell phones can be addictive for several reasons. For the lonely souls, the small “reward” of an incoming text, tweet, or email can temporarily boost their moods. For those of us who enjoy video games, cell phones offer constant access to gaming apps no matter where we may go. Others find that having the internet at their fingertips satisfies their curious, information-seeking natures. Whatever the initial hook, you could find yourself reaching for your phone over and over for yet another temporary thrill.

As with any other addiction, the first step to healing is admitting that you have a problem. Ask yourself these questions:

  • If you misplace your phone, do you feel panic?
  • Are you often using your phone in social situations, when you’re hanging out with family, or find yourself thinking about checking your phone in these situations?
  • Do you carry your phone everywhere you go? Even to the bathroom? Is it sitting on a shelf nearby when you shower? Do you keep it on the kitchen counter while you’re cooking?
  • Is your phone the first thing you look at in the morning, or the last thing you look at before going to sleep at night?
  • Have friends or family members complained that you use your phone too much? Do you feel tempted to hide your phone use?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, especially if you answered yes to several of them, you might be addicted to your cell phone. Cell phone addiction can harm your health for a number of reasons. Your relationships may suffer. You might have trouble sleeping, because looking at a screen while lying in bed has been shown to cause insomnia. And nonstop exposure to the electromagnetic field of any handheld wireless device can be bad for your health.

If you think you might be addicted to your cell phone, treat the problem as seriously as you would treat any other addiction. Get help to overcome your dependence on your phone, and free yourself of this harmful barrier to good health.

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