Many ITAA members find that smartphone addiction is one of their problems. Here are some questions that may help you decide if this is an issue for you.
- Do you check your smartphone as the first thing you do when you wake up, and the last thing you do before going to sleep?
- Do you go to sleep with your phone next to you like a partner?
- Do you instantly grab your phone the second you hear a notification or get a text message?
- Do you feel anxious if you leave the house without your phone or headphones, or if you don’t have it sitting next to you?
- Have you had joint pain or tendinitis from handling and texting your phone excessively?
- Do you crave your phone and the sense of connection it offers when you are away from it?
- Does your phone often distract you from basic functions, such as eating, going to the bathroom, walking or driving?
- Do you revert to using your phone instead of being present with the people around you?
- Have you tried to limit your phone usage with productivity apps or blocks yet gave in again after mounting frustration?
- Do you feel like you’re not living up to your potential or are you just getting by in life, and drowning this dissatisfaction with ever more staring at your phone?
- Do you find yourself unconsciously reaching for, touching, or handling your phone?
- Would you rather connect to your phone than to other people or yourself?
For those of us who are addicted to our phones, working the ITAA program and connecting to other members is vital to our recovery. You may also want to consider deleting unnecessary apps, or exchanging your smart phone for a simple phone.