“The smartphone is definitely smarter than us so we can get addicted to it.” – Munya Khan. It sums up the toxicity of phone addiction perfectly, right?
Written by Jason N
We tend to check our phones every five minutes. My friend once joked that he feels more naked without his phone than without his clothes on! Distraction through our phones can be some of the most convenient things in our lives, but it can also be a silent form of tyranny in and of itself.
How often do you find yourself checking your phone compulsorily and automatically? Have you ever heard of nomo (no-mobile-phobia)? It indicates how uncomfortable you feel without your phone. It was formulated in 2010 by a UK study. Let’s check-in:
How do you feel without your phone? What about when you can’t find your phone? Or when someone else keeps it?
This problem is bigger than you. How do you feel when you get “phubbed”? This happens when someone starts texting or scrolling on their phone when you are talking to them face to face.
Do you usually visit others? How does it change the quality of interaction with them? Does he feed her? FOMO (Fear of losing)? They often are, but they are often spontaneous and inattentive caused by addictive features of phone use. Have you seen families together where everyone is silent on their phones? How do you feel when you see this?
But it’s complicated if you are addicted to your phone, how will you know exactly? Digital Police will not report you when your technology threshold is met, and there are no age restrictions (only “helicopter parents” of children or teen users). Constant use has become a norm, especially in these times. Of course, that’s what big tech companies like Apple and Google want, to keep us engaged. No wonder they keep posting increasingly high profits.
It is clear that the increasing popularity and incorporation of technology into everyday life leads us to consider the possibility of their addiction.
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Where is the line from general use to problematic use? Did you know that screen, phone, and internet use can lead to the same neurochemical that underlies cocaine addiction, dopamine (the pleasurable chemical)?
set himself up phone addicts (This is not officially recognized as an addiction in the DSM-V) Report feeling a pleasant mood explosion or “rush” just by checking their phone and their favorite apps. These feelings of euphoria, even before the actual act of addiction occurs, are linked to chemical changes in the brain that control our behavior from tempting psychological attraction to outright addiction.
Phone addicts (probably most of us in the industrial world) have become conditioned to compulsive pursuit, craving, and recreation of a sense of euphoria while offline or “outside the drug. “ Whether it’s whiskey, a series of likes and comments on your post, or gambling, dopamine relays messages to the pleasure centers of the brain causing addicts to want to repeat these actions – over and over, even if “addicted” He no longer experiences the original pleasure and perceives the negative consequences.
So, how can vigilance help curb our ubiquitous use?
The answer will look different for all of us. For you, what are your goals? How was a problem for you? hard to sleep? Strain your eyes? Is your child frustrated with your constant use? Did you just get a ticket to use your phone while driving? Do you notice your posture regressing like a humpback? Find yourself too distracted from your phone and can’t focus on work? Your partner(s) are angry with you, and feel that they are in constant competition with your phone for your attention?
Once we have a goal, we can prioritize tracking and limit our usage using the iPhone Screen Time portion of the Settings app. Android has equivalents.