Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?
Smartphone addiction is not a recognized mental disorder, but it gets a lot of attention in the news. One in three people can’t get through a meal without looking at their phones, according to one study. Signs of problematic phone use may include feeling anxious without your phone, constantly checking your phone without a reason, reaching for your phone when bored, losing track of time while using your phone, being distracted while with friends or watching TV because you are on your phone, and texting while driving—especially after attempts to stop the practice following a near accident or close call. Compulsive behaviors are actions people engage in repeatedly even though they wish they could stop. Smartphone addiction can be one of them. Don’t stay frustrated, feeling out of control. Talk with a counselor or your EAP.
Keith Stein |