Smartphone Addiction - (2022)


Worried about your phone or Internet use? These tips can help you break free of the habit and better balance your life, online and off.

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What is smartphone addiction?

While a smartphone, tablet, or computer can be a hugely productive tool, compulsive use of these devices can interfere with work, school, and relationships. When you spend more time on social media or playing games than you do interacting with real people, or you can’t stop yourself from repeatedly checking texts, emails, or apps—even when it has negative consequences in your life—it may be time to reassess your technology use.

Smartphone addiction, sometimes colloquially known as “nomophobia” (fear of being without a mobile phone), is often fueled by an Internet overuse problem or Internet addiction disorder. After all, it's rarely the phone or tablet itself that creates the compulsion, but rather the games, apps, and online worlds it connects us to.

Smartphone addiction can encompass a variety of impulse-control problems, including:

Virtual relationships. Addiction to social networking, dating apps, texting, and messaging can extend to the point where virtual, online friends become more important than real-life relationships. We've all seen the couples sitting together in a restaurant ignoring each other and engaging with their smartphones instead. While the Internet can be a great place to meet new people, reconnect with old friends, or even start romantic relationships, online relationships are not a healthy substitute for real-life interactions. Online friendships can be appealing as they tend to exist in a bubble, not subject to the same demands or stresses as messy, real-world relationships. Compulsive use of dating apps can change your focus to short-term hookups instead of developing long-term relationships.

Information overload. Compulsive web surfing, watching videos, playing games, or checking news feeds can lead to lower productivity at work or school and isolate you for hours at a time. Compulsive use of the Internet and smartphone apps can cause you to neglect other aspects of your life, from real-world relationships to hobbies and social pursuits.

Cybersex addiction. Compulsive use of Internet pornography, sexting, nude-swapping, or adult messaging services can impact negatively on your real-life intimate relationships and overall emotional health. While online pornography and cybersex addictions are types of sexual addiction, the Internet makes it more accessible, relatively anonymous, and very convenient. It's easy to spend hours engaging in fantasies impossible in real life. Excessive use of dating apps that facilitate casual sex can make it more difficult to develop long-term intimate relationships or damage an existing relationship.

Online compulsions, such as gaming, gambling, stock trading, online shopping, or bidding on auction sites like eBay can often lead to financial and job-related problems. While gambling addiction has been a well-documented problem for years, the availability of Internet gambling has made gambling far more accessible. Compulsive stock trading or online shopping can be just as financially and socially damaging. eBay addicts may wake up at strange hours in order to be online for the last remaining minutes of an auction. You may purchase things you don't need and can't afford just to experience the excitement of placing the winning bid.

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Causes and effects of smartphone and Internet addiction

While you can experience impulse-control problems with a laptop or desktop computer, the size and convenience of smartphones and tablets means that we can take them just about anywhere and gratify our compulsions at any time. In fact, most of us are rarely ever more than five feet from our smartphones. Like the use of drugs and alcohol, they can trigger the release of the brain chemical dopamine and alter your mood. You can also rapidly build up tolerance so that it takes more and more time in front of these screens to derive the same pleasurable reward.

Heavy smartphone use can often be symptomatic of other underlying problems, such as stress, anxiety, depression, or loneliness. At the same time, it can also exacerbate these problems. If you use your smartphone as a “security blanket” to relieve feelings of anxiety, loneliness, or awkwardness in social situations, for example, you'll succeed only in cutting yourself off further from people around you. Staring at your phone will deny you the face-to-face interactions that can help to meaningfully connect you to others, alleviate anxiety, and boost your mood. In other words, the remedy you're choosing for your anxiety (engaging with your smartphone), is actually making your anxiety worse.

Smartphone or Internet addiction can also negatively impact your life by:

Increasing loneliness and depression. While it may seem that losing yourself online will temporarily make feelings such as loneliness, depression, and boredom evaporate into thin air, it can actually make you feel even worse. A 2014 study found a correlation between high social media usage and depression and anxiety. Users, especially teens, tend to compare themselves unfavorably with their peers on social media, promoting feelings of loneliness and depression.

Fueling anxiety. One researcher found that the mere presence of a phone in a work place tends to make people more anxious and perform poorly on given tasks. The heavier a person's phone use, the greater the anxiety they experienced.

Increasing stress. Using a smartphone for work often means work bleeds into your home and personal life. You feel the pressure to always be on, never out of touch from work. This need to continually check and respond to email can contribute to higher stress levels and even burnout.

Exacerbating attention deficit disorders. The constant stream of messages and information from a smartphone can overwhelm the brain and make it impossible to focus attention on any one thing for more than a few minutes without feeling compelled to move on to something else.

Diminishing your ability to concentrate and think deeply or creatively. The persistent buzz, ping or beep of your smartphone can distract you from important tasks, slow your work, and interrupt those quiet moments that are so crucial to creativity and problem solving. Instead of ever being alone with our thoughts, we're now always online and connected.

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Disturbing your sleep. Excessive smartphone use can disrupt your sleep, which can have a serious impact on your overall mental health. It can impact your memory, affect your ability to think clearly, and reduce your cognitive and learning skills.

Encouraging self-absorption. A UK study found that people who spend a lot of time on social media are more likely to display negative personality traits such as narcissism. Snapping endless selfies, posting all your thoughts or details about your life can create an unhealthy self-centeredness, distancing you from real-life relationships and making it harder to cope with stress.

Signs and symptoms of smartphone addiction

There is no specific amount of time spent on your phone, or the frequency you check for updates, or the number of messages you send or receive that indicates an addiction or overuse problem.

Spending a lot of time connected to your phone only becomes a problem when it absorbs so much of your time it causes you to neglect your face-to-face relationships, your work, school, hobbies, or other important things in your life. If you find yourself ignoring friends over lunch to read Facebook updates or compulsively checking your phone in while driving or during school lectures, then it's time to reassess your smartphone use and strike a healthier balance in your life.

Warning signs of smartphone or Internet overuse include:

Trouble completing tasks at work or home. Do you find laundry piling up and little food in the house for dinner because you've been busy chatting online, texting, or playing video games? Perhaps you find yourself working late more often because you can't complete your work on time.

Isolation from family and friends. Is your social life suffering because of all the time you spend on your phone or other device? If you're in a meeting or chatting with friends, do you lose track of what's being said because you're checking your phone? Have friends and family expressed concern about the amount of time you spend on your phone? Do you feel like no one in your “real” life—even your spouse—understands you like your online friends?

Concealing your smartphone use. Do you sneak off to a quiet place to use your phone? Do you hide your smartphone use or lie to your boss and family about the amount of time you spend online? Do you get irritated or cranky if your online time is interrupted?

Having a “fear of missing out” (or FOMO). Do you hate to feel out of the loop or think you're missing out on important news or information if you don't check you phone regularly? Do you need to compulsively check social media because you're anxious that others are having a better time, or leading a more exciting life than you? Do you get up at night to check your phone?

Feeling of dread, anxiety, or panic if you leave your smartphone at home, the battery runs down or the operating system crashes. Or do you feel phantom vibrations—you think your phone has vibrated but when you check, there are no new messages or updates?

Withdrawal symptoms from smartphone addiction

A common warning sign of smartphone or Internet addiction is experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you try to cut back on your smartphone use. These may include:

  • Restlessness
  • Anger or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep problems
  • Craving access to your smartphone or other device

Self-help tips for smartphone addiction

There are a number of steps you can take to get your smartphone and Internet use under control. While you can initiate many of these measures yourself, an addiction is hard to beat on your own, especially when temptation is always within easy reach. It can be all too easy to slip back into old patterns of usage. Look for outside support, whether it's from family, friends, or a professional therapist.

To help you identify your problem areas, keep a log of when and how much you use your smartphone for non-work or non-essential activities. There are specific apps that can help with this, enabling you to track the time you spend on your phone. Are there times of day that you use your phone more? Are there other things you could be doing instead? The more you understand your smartphone use, the easier it will be to curb your habits and regain control of your time.

Recognize the triggers that make you reach for your phone. Is it when you're lonely or bored? If you are struggling with depression, stress, or anxiety, for example, your excessive smartphone use might be a way to self-soothe rocky moods. Instead, find healthier and more effective ways of managing your moods, such as practicing relaxation techniques.

Understand the difference between interacting in-person and online. Human beings are social creatures. We're not meant to be isolated or to rely on technology for human interaction. Socially interacting with another person face-to-face—making eye contact, responding to body language—can make you feel calm, safe, and understood, and quickly put the brakes on stress. Interacting through text, email or messaging bypasses these nonverbal cues so won't have the same effect on your emotional well-being. Besides, online friends can't hug you when a crisis hits, visit you when you're sick, or celebrate a happy occasion with you.

Build your coping skills. Perhaps tweeting, texting or blogging is your way of coping with stress or anger. Or maybe you have trouble relating to others and find it easier to communicate with people online. Building skills in these areas will help you weather the stresses and strains of daily life without relying on your smartphone.

Recognize any underlying problems that may support your compulsive behavior. Have you had problems with alcohol or drugs in the past? Does anything about your smartphone use remind you of how you used to drink or use drugs to numb or distract yourself?

Strengthen your support network. Set aside dedicated time each week for friends and family. If you are shy, there are ways to overcome social awkwardness and make lasting friends without relying on social media or the Internet. To find people with similar interests, try reaching out to colleagues at work, joining a sports team or book club, enrolling in an education class, or volunteering for a good cause. You'll be able to interact with others like you, let relationships develop naturally, and form friendships that will enhance your life and strengthen your health.


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Modify your smartphone use, step-by-step

For most people, getting control over their smartphone and Internet use isn't a case of quitting cold turkey. Think of it more like going on a diet. Just as you still need to eat, you probably still need to use your phone for work, school, or to stay in touch with friends. Your goal should be to cut back to more healthy levels of use.

  1. Set goals for when you can use your smartphone. For example, you might schedule use for certain times of day, or you could reward yourself with a certain amount of time on your phone once you've completed a homework assignment or finished a chore, for instance.
  2. Turn off your phone at certain times of the day, such as when you're driving, in a meeting, at the gym, having dinner, or playing with your kids. Don't take your phone with you to the bathroom.
  3. Don't bring your phone or tablet to bed. The blue light emitted by the screens can disrupt your sleep if used within two hours of bedtime. Turn devices off and leave them in another room overnight to charge. Instead of reading eBooks on your phone or tablet at night, pick up a book. You'll not only sleep better but research shows you'll also remember more of what you've read.
  4. Replace your smartphone use with healthier activities. If you are bored and lonely, resisting the urge to use your smartphone can be very difficult. Have a plan for other ways to fill the time, such as meditating, reading a book, or chatting with friends in person.
  5. Play the “phone stack” game. Spending time with other smartphone addicts? Play the “phone stack” game. When you're having lunch, dinner, or drinks together, have everyone place their smartphones face down on the table. Even as the phones buzz and beep, no one is allowed to grab their device. If someone can't resist checking their phone, that person has to pick up the check for everyone.
  6. Remove social media apps from your phone so you can only check Facebook, Twitter and the like from your computer. And remember: what you see of others on social media is rarely an accurate reflection of their lives—people exaggerate the positive aspects of their lives, brushing over the doubts and disappointments that we all experience. Spending less time comparing yourself unfavorably to these stylized representations can help to boost your mood and sense of self-worth.
  7. Limit checks. If you compulsively check your phone every few minutes, wean yourself off by limiting your checks to once every 15 minutes. Then once every 30 minutes, then once an hour. If you need help, there are apps that can automatically limit when you're able to access your phone.
  8. Curb your fear of missing out. Accept that by limiting your smartphone use, you're likely going to miss out on certain invitations, breaking news, or new gossip. There is so much information available on the Internet, it's almost impossible to stay on top of everything, anyway. Accepting this can be liberating and help break your reliance on technology.

Treatment for smartphone and Internet addiction

If you need more help to curb your smartphone or Internet use, there are now specialist treatment centers that offer digital detox programs to help you disconnect from digital media. Individual and group therapy can also give you a tremendous boost in controlling your technology use.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy provides step-by-step ways to stop compulsive behaviors and change your perceptions about your smartphone and the Internet. Therapy can also help you learn healthier ways of coping with uncomfortable emotions—such as stress, anxiety, or depression—that may be fueling your smartphone use.

Marriage or couples counseling. If excessive use of Internet pornography or online affairs is affecting your relationship, counseling can help you work through these challenging issues and reconnect with your partner.

Group support. Organizations such as Internet Tech Addiction Anonymous (ITAA) and On-Line Gamers Anonymous offer online support and face-to-face meetings to curb excessive technology use. Of course, you need real-life people to benefit fully from any addiction support group. Online support groups can be helpful in finding sources of assistance, but it's easy to use them as an excuse to spend even more time on your smartphone. Sex Addicts Anonymous can be a place to try if you're having trouble with cybersex addiction.

Helping a child or teen with smartphone addiction

Any parent who's tried to drag a child or teen away from a smartphone or tablet knows how challenging it can be to separate kids from social media, messaging apps, or online games and videos. Youngsters lack the maturity to curb their smartphone use on their own, but simply confiscating the device can often backfire, creating anxiety and withdrawal symptoms in your child. Instead, there are plenty of other ways to help your child find a healthier balance:

Be a good role model. Children have a strong impulse to imitate, so it's important you manage your own smartphone and Internet use. It's no good asking your child to unplug at the dinner table while you're staring at your own phone or tablet. Don't let your own smartphone use distract from parent-child interactions.

Use apps to monitor and limit your child's smartphone use. There are a number of apps available that can limit your child's data usage or restrict texting and web browsing to certain times of the day. Other apps can eliminate messaging capabilities while in motion, so you can prevent your teen using a smartphone while driving.

Create “phone-free” zones. Restrict the use of smartphones or tablets to a common area of the house where you can keep an eye on your child's activity and limit time online. Ban phones from the dinner table and bedrooms and insist they're turned off after a certain time at night.

Encourage other interests and social activities. Get your child away from screens by exposing them to other hobbies and activities, such as team sports, Scouts, and after-school clubs. Spend time as a family unplugged.

Talk to your child about underlying issues. Compulsive smartphone use can be the sign of deeper problems. Is your child having problems fitting in? Has there been a recent major change, like a move or divorce, which is causing stress? Is your child suffering with other issues at school or home?

Get help. Teenagers often rebel against their parents, but if they hear the same information from a different authority figure, they may be more inclined to listen. Try a sports coach, doctor, or respected family friend. Don't be afraid to seek professional counseling if you are concerned about your child's smartphone use.

Authors: Lawrence Robinson, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.

Get more help

Risky Business: Internet Addiction – Help for recognizing and dealing with smartphone and Internet addiction. (Mental Health America)

Internet Gaming – Symptoms of gaming disorder. (American Psychiatric Association)

Dopamine, Smartphones & You: A battle for your time – How using a smartphone can deliver a release of dopamine, reinforcing your behavior. (Harvard University)

Take Control – Things you can do right now to build a healthier relationship with your smartphone. (Center for Humane Technology)

Support groups

On-Line Gamers Anonymous– Help and support for problems caused by excessive game playing. (OLGA)

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous– 12-step programs for sexual addictions. (SLAA)

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Last updated: October 21, 2022

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What are the effects of smartphone addiction? ›

Excessive smartphone and social media use can raise “mental distress, self-injurious behavior and suicidality among youth”; the effect is higher among girls, according to research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Smartphone addicted individuals often experience increased loneliness.

How do you deal with someone who is always on their phone? ›

If Someone Is Occupied on the Phone, Offer to Leave Until the Person Is Finished. Whether you're at your friend's home, a business meeting, or out on the town, if those you're with are wrapped up in their phone, offer to leave them alone until they're done.

How do I stop my child's phone addiction? ›

Playing board games or engaging your child in activities like cleaning, cooking or gardening will keep her away from smartphones. Encourage your child to pursue hobbies such as listening to music, playing an instrument, reading, or painting.

How many hours on phone is addiction? ›

Around a quarter of those who showed signs of addiction used their phone for three hours a day, and a further 18.5 per cent said they used their device for more than five hours each day.

What causes cell phone addiction? ›

Why is it addictive? Psychologists liken cell phones to slot machines. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that induces happiness. It is released every time we receive a message, alert, notification, etc., on our phones.

When did smartphone addiction start? ›

History and terminology

Researchers have variously termed these behaviours "smartphone addiction" and "problematic smartphone use", as well as referring to use of non-smartphone mobile devices (cell phones). Forms of technology addiction have been considered as diagnoses since the mid 1990s.

How does phone addiction affect teenagers? ›

Effects of Teen Smartphone Addiction

Decreased brain connectivity in parts of the brain that regulate emotions, decision-making, and impulse-control. An increased likelihood to consume alcohol and use tobacco. An increased likelihood to have poor dietary habits. Increased levels of social loneliness.

What are the effects of smartphone addiction essay? ›

Mobile addiction causes several serious problems such as headache, weakened eyesight, sleep disorders, depression, social isolation, stress, aggressive behaviour, financial problems, ruined relationships and no or low professional growth. Mobile phones have been created for our convenience.

What do you call a person who is addicted to their phone? ›

Smartphone addiction, sometimes colloquially known as “nomophobia” (fear of being without a mobile phone), is often fueled by an Internet overuse problem or Internet addiction disorder.

What should I do if my husband is always on his phone? ›

If you want to treat cell phone addiction of your husband, then try speaking with him. Face to face communication is very important when treating cell phone addiction of your loved one. A problem is not really a problem until you think it is.

Does parental control work with smartphone addiction? ›

There was no significant relationship between parental control software and smartphone addiction. This is one of the first studies to examine smartphone addiction in teens. Control-oriented managing by parents of children's smartphone use is not very effective and may exacerbate smartphone addiction.

How do you know if your child is addicted to their phone? ›

Signs of Phone Addiction
  • Switching between multiple devices and programs (social networking, texting, gaming, etc.)
  • Extreme reactions when separated from their device.
  • Impatience, irritability, restlessness, inability to focus in school when separated from their phone.
  • Sleep disturbances.
  • Increased social challenges.
30 Oct 2019

Is 7 hours on phone too much? ›

Experts say adults should limit screen time outside of work to less than two hours per day. Any time beyond that which you would typically spend on screens should instead be spent participating in physical activity.

What happens if you use your phone for too long? ›

Constant over-use of phone leads to increase anxiety, feelings of loneliness, and low self-esteem. It also creates irritation, frustration, and impatience in users when it is not being used.

What happens if you spend 12 hours on your phone? ›

Is it ok if I spend 11 to 12 hours on my phone daily? World will appear very different when you will look up after those 11–12 hours and you will miss a lot of people and events in real life. There has to be time spent with real people, real places and real world to manage physical and mental health.

What are the harmful effects of mobile phones? ›

Not only do these gadgets make us lazy and inactive but they are also harmful to our physical and mental well-being.
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Is smartphone addiction a problem? ›

Effects of cell phone addiction.

- Mental health issues: Studies prove that excessive cell phone use can lead to anxiety and depression. Adolescents who were addicted to their smartphones were more likely to experience chronic stress and low emotional stability.

How common is phone addiction? ›

60% of U.S. college students consider themselves to have a cell phone addiction. 71% of people sleep with or next to their cell phones. 35% of people think of their cell phones when they wake up while only 10% of people think of their significant others.

How will you define phone abuse? ›

Making or receiving one or two short calls in public among strangers is okay but extensive cell phone use or long cell phone chats which disturb other people is an invasion of privacy. It's inconsiderate, it's annoying, it's discourteous. And worse, it's abuse.

How does phone addiction affect sleep? ›

Problematic smartphone use has been consistently linked to poor sleep in previous studies (4, 21), and smartphone overuse has been associated with daytime tiredness, longer sleep latency, and reduced sleep duration (22–24).

What are the risks of a child using a mobile phone? ›

One of the main risks to your child using the Internet on their phone is that he/she may be exposed to inappropriate material. The most obvious concern is material that is age-inappropriate. Pornography can be easily found on the Internet and often even without looking for it.

How do you treat smartphone addiction essay? ›

By limiting the use of the mobile phone and setting the number of hours, we aim to consume on our mobile each day and assigning a fixed amount of time for each activity such as texting, social media, gaming or watching videos will help us to overcome the addiction of mobile phones.

What are the cause and effect of using mobile phone? ›

Causes And Effects Of Mobile Phones

One of the major causes of using mobile phones is to inform about emergency situations. Everyday happens different situations in any one life, for example a stealing situation, accident, a burning building, or lost. These situations may be the cause of losing many lives.

How do you tell someone they are on the phone too much? ›

For example, say, "I'm really into my phone, too. I just think it is so easy to overuse the phone." Tell them that their phone is really cool.
Pick the right moment.
  1. Initiate the conversation when you are together. ...
  2. Consider a quiet moment when you have some time to talk.

Whats it called when you cant get off your phone? ›

There's a Name for That: Nomophobia.

How do you put someone down their phone? ›

  1. “You seem really busy, should we shoot for another time together instead of now?” Just that one sentence can result in the person apologizing and putting their device away.
  2. Another example, “It would be great to have your attention. ...
  3. Or, how about “Would you mind waiting until we are done to use your phone?”
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Why is my wife constantly on her phone? ›

As others have explained, addiction is probably the top reason your wife is spending so much time on her phone. They are constantly available, and it is easy to be drawn to them. Phones provide instant gratification and give us immediate access to information and social connection right at our fingertips.

What do you do when a guy is always on his phone? ›

The first thing you should do is communicate with your man. Tell him how it makes you feel that he spends so much time on his phone. If you are really honest with him and express the pain that he is causing you, he might realize how much it is affecting you. With all men, it is best not to accuse them.

Why does my husband play on his phone all the time? ›

“The reason people become addicted to their phones is because of social media and mobile games,” Weiner says. “They cause an immediate pleasurable feeling and can also help someone escape from negative feelings.

How do you ask someone to get their phone off? ›

To help keep things cordial, you can ask a direct question that gives the person two simple options: (1) excuse himself to attend to the crisis happening on his device, or (2) kindly put away his phone. The question goes like this: “I see you're on your phone. Is everything okay?”

What should you not say to your partner? ›

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  • I hate you.
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Is checking your partner's phone OK? ›

The long and short of it: No, it's generally not OK. It's a violation of your partner's privacy and a breach of trust ― not to mention, it's often unproductive: You might find nothing and then feel like a jerk for snooping. You might find something small and innocent and blow it out of proportion.

Should parents check their child's phone? ›

Responsible parents must protect kids from potential harm. Monitoring your children's phone activities and messages is a significant part of that responsibility. The fact is most of the time children spend using phones will be online, where anyone can publish anything.

What is the best punishment for a teenager? ›

One of the best punishments for teens could be letting them face the natural consequences of their actions. You can also try limiting their privileges to certain times or assigning them extra chores. Make sure the punishment comes across as a learning experience rather than a complex task imposed on them (1).

Is taking away a phone a good punishment? ›

While not every parent may agree, according to the Child Mind Institute, “Threatening to take away your teen's phone may seem like a great way to get them to do something they're avoiding. But it's usually not a good choice as a punishment.”

How do I stop my child's phone addiction? ›

Playing board games or engaging your child in activities like cleaning, cooking or gardening will keep her away from smartphones. Encourage your child to pursue hobbies such as listening to music, playing an instrument, reading, or painting.

Should restrictions be placed on children's and teenagers smartphone use? ›

In addition to teaching your teen the dangers of child predators (and the fact that anyone can pretend to be anyone online), limiting their use of their phone means limiting the ability of people to find and contact your child that could potentially harm your child.

How do you deal with someone who is always on their phone? ›

If Someone Is Occupied on the Phone, Offer to Leave Until the Person Is Finished. Whether you're at your friend's home, a business meeting, or out on the town, if those you're with are wrapped up in their phone, offer to leave them alone until they're done.

How cell phones affect a child's brain? ›

Multiple studies link addictive relationships with mobile devices to mental health problems in teens, including depression, anxiety, and disrupted sleep. Neuroscience tells us that tweens' and teens' developing brains make them especially vulnerable to both addiction and mental health crises.

What age should you stop checking your child's phone? ›

The majority, 31%, say age 18 for sure. But there's also 17% who say they'll stop at age 16. There's no blanket perfect age, however. In some homes, you can trust an 8-year-old; in others you may still want or need parental controls active for much longer.

What happens when you spend too much time on your phone? ›

Increased eye strain, dry eyes, or blurry vision. Repetitive strain injuries or pain in your fingers, hands, arms, or wrists (such as from gaming or typing) Having trouble sleeping. Feeling “addicted” to your devices, like you can't put them down even for a few minutes.

How can I spend less time on my phone? ›

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  4. Turn off all notifications. ...
  5. Move unproductive apps off your Home Screen. ...
  6. Delete apps you haven't used in a month.
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What happens when you stop using your phone? ›

You can experience a withdrawal effect.

The same effect happens when you can't use your phone, but it happens only in the beginning. You may even experience nausea and headaches: “The only thing I can think about at this moment is my smartphone.” Some people even felt phantom vibrating or ringing.

What is it called when your addicted to your phone? ›

Smartphone addiction, sometimes colloquially known as “nomophobia” (fear of being without a mobile phone), is often fueled by an Internet overuse problem or Internet addiction disorder.

What should I replace on my phone with time? ›

Read a book or newspaper. While it's more convenient to read the news or books on your mobile devices, it's just not the same. In fact, reading on paper can be incredibly beneficial to your health.

How many hours should I use my phone a day? ›

Experts say adults should limit screen time outside of work to less than two hours per day. Any time beyond that which you would typically spend on screens should instead be spent participating in physical activity.

How do you know if you have a phone addiction? ›

Signs and Symptoms of Cell Phone Addiction
  1. A need to use the cell phone more and more often in order to achieve the same desired effect.
  2. Persistent failed attempts to use cell phone less often.
  3. Preoccupation with smartphone use.
  4. Turns to cell phone when experiencing unwanted feelings such as anxiety or depression.

How much phone usage is normal? ›

People check their phones 58 times a day on average with more than half of those occurring during working hours. 70% of mobile sessions are shorter than 2 minutes. Millennials spend 48 minutes texting per day, compared to the 30 minutes that boomers devote to this activity.

How can I stop using my phone at night? ›

You can stop using your smartphone at night with a little help from Android.
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  6. Focus Mode.
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How can I avoid mobile addiction while studying? ›

How to Avoid Digital Distractions While Studying
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  5. Do not Disturb. ...
  6. Stay off Social Platforms While Studying. ...
  7. Turn off the Notifications. ...
  8. Take a Break Away From Your Devices.
3 Jun 2022

Can you live without smartphones? ›

In this perspective, it seems that nowadays we cannot live without smartphones. And the getting-more-and-more-addicted-trend should not stop here. Artificial Intelligence (AI) should provide new addictive applications in the foreseeable future.

What is a nomophobia? ›

Abstract. The term NOMOPHOBIA or NO MObile PHone PhoBIA is used to describe a psychological condition when people have a fear of being detached from mobile phone connectivity. The term NOMOPHOBIA is constructed on definitions described in the DSM-IV, it has been labelled as a “phobia for a particular/specific things”.

Does looking at your PHone age you? ›

A new study shows that blue light exposure could have detrimental effects on your body, including accelerated ageing. We are often told that too much time spent on smartphones isn't good for us, and now a new study suggests that it could even be increasing the speed at which we age.

What are the top 10 signs of phone addiction? ›

Signs And Symptoms Of Phone Addiction
  • Lying about smartphone use.
  • Loved ones expressing concern.
  • Neglect or trouble completing duties at work, school, or home.
  • More and more time using a phone.
  • Checking peoples' profiles repeatedly due to anxiety.
  • Accidents or injury due to phone use.
  • Working later to complete tasks.
8 Jun 2021

Is phone addiction a mental illness? ›

The risk of cell phone addiction is a social and psychological problem which has been proposed by psychologists, psychiatrists, and educational supervisors.

Whats it called when you cant get off your phone? ›

There's a Name for That: Nomophobia.


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