Addicted to Your Smartphone?

It’s easy to find yourself accidentally spending an hour or two just scrolling through Instagram or Facebook on your cell. But, did you know you could have a Smartphone Addiction and it may be affecting your psychological and physical state.

According to Psych Guides, a trending mental and behavioral health guides websitesmartphone addiction can cause these psychological effects.

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Relationship problems
  • Anxiety

Psych Guides says that overusing your cell causes different physical issues, including:

  • Digital eye strain
  • Neck problems
  • Increased illnesses due to germs
  • Car accidents
  • Male infertility

Why are smartphones so addicting? In an article by Psychalive, a psychological advice, resources and information website, Dr. David Greenfield, a technology addiction expert, said that smartphones are like “the world’s smallest slot machine.” He says that each notification acts as a reward, “but you don’t know when you’re going to get it, what it’s going to be and how good it’s going to be.”

You know the signs and why smartphones are addicting, but how do you prevent it? Some beginner steps can be as easy as creating a digital schedule. Ironically, there are apps to help you cut down on your smartphone usage. Moment and Checky are two apps targeted at helping you control your phone use.

Questioning whether you could be a smartphone addict? Take this test and find out. The Smartphone Compulsion Test, developed by Dr. Greenfield of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, can now tell if you should be worried about your time spent on your smartphone.

Take the test here:

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