Is your smartphone your best friend or even your date tonight?
Is the closest relationship you have in your life with your smartphone? If you’re like most mobile phone users, the answer might actually be “yes”. The odds are that you interact with this mobile gadget more than you do with your friends and family members.
Almost one in three mobile phone users admit that they are likely addicted to their devices. Moreover, regardless of whether or not they admit to an addiction, the average smartphone user will check his or her device 150 times each day.
We use these devices enough that the built-in battery typically isn’t enough to last us. For many people, a portable charger is a lifesaver on a regular basis – especially when they forget to plug their devices in overnight.
Unfortunately, recent research is starting to indicate that our relationships with our smartphones may not be healthy ones. Sure, we all know that our hunched positions are likely causing damage to our hands, necks and backs. It’s also easy to believe that it could be causing harm to memory since we never need to remember anything anymore. However, a study from Baylor University has indicated that if you check your phone all the time, it could contribute to an increased risk of depression.
If you use your smartphone more often – so often that you need a mobile battery bank, for example – then you are more likely to be moody, temperamental and materialistic. You are also less likely to be able to focus on your task.
That said, while it may seem likely that if you’re an introvert, you’d have a higher chance of smartphone addiction and all its associated mental health issues, this isn’t the case. People who are introverted don’t have any greater risk of smartphone addiction than anyone else. Another trait not linked with smartphone addiction was conscientiousness.
People who are addicted to their smartphones behave in ways that are very similar to people with other types of addiction. Many people use it as a form of mood repair – which is also often the case with drug and alcohol addictions. They check their texts and emails, they tweet and they continually surf the web to help to distract themselves from their daily struggles and worries.