Smartphone addiction is real!
One in eight people are addicted to their phones. Nomophobia hasn't made its way into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders just yet; the signs and symptoms of smartphone addiction range from the psychological to the physical and are very real for those suffering.
It's easy to find out if you're addicted to your smartphone and take measures to scale back before it becomes a bigger problem. When you want to kick your smartphone habit, start with the 11 Easy Ways to Conquer Your Smartphone Addiction.
You can't sleep
Smartphone addiction has been linked to trouble sleeping. Research suggests that the blue light emitted by your phone can disrupt your sleep cycle, making it harder to fall asleep. If you find that you can't stop looking at your phone until the moment you close your eyes, even though it may be interfering with your sleep, you might be addicted to your smartphone. Instead of scrolling through Instagram every night, pick up a few of the 20 Nighttime Habits Guaranteed to Help You Sleep Better.
You can't stop checking in
Social media addiction isn't quite the same thing as smartphone addiction. Still, if you can't put your phone down because you're looking at Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok. It can be a slippery slope that leads straight to nomophobia. Get the jump on smartphone addiction by avoiding these 15 Facebook Habits You Need to Break.
You Mindlessly Scroll
Spending hours scrolling through social media feeds or websites like a zombie that craves likes instead of brains sign that you have a problem moderating the way you use your phone. You might think you're looking at your phone because you have "nothing better to do," but almost anything is better than killing time looking at your phone for no good reason.
You Feel Phantom Vibrations
You feel your phone vibrating, but when you check it, there's nothing there. It could be a sign that you are so anxious about not using your phone that your body eagerly interprets other stimuli as a message from your phone. This anxiety can also keep you from being fully present with your family or friends.
You Have Physical Discomfort
In addition to making you anxious, when you're addicted to your phone and don't have it on you, you can feel actual discomfort. A study found that people who had their phones confiscated experienced increased heart rate, blood pressure, and unpleasant feelings. Simultaneously, their cognitive abilities decreased when they heard their phone ringing but couldn't answer it.