Cast Your Vote: Is Your Cellphone Turning You into an Addict?

Futurity Today recently published some of the most negative aspects of being a cellphone addict, something that’s becoming all too common today. Check out the biggest offenses and vote on which one(s) you find yourself doing most often.

  • Cellphone “withdrawal” can cause users to suffer from anxiety when they are unable to answer a phone call or messages, or check their phone for any new alerts.
  • Performing work-related activities on your phone after 9 p.m., such as checking emails or scheduling meetings, can make you more tired the following day. The “blue light” emitted by smartphones is one of the biggest triggers that prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Sending messages while in meetings is more offensive than you might think. According to a study from the University of Southern California, three out of four people say checking messages during a meeting is unacceptable, and 87 percent say that taking a call is impolite. Men are more likely than women to find phone use during meetings acceptable, and younger professionals are less apt to think twice about using their phone during a meeting compared to their older coworkers.
  • Performing poorly on exams may be linked to phone use in class for nonacademic purposes, regardless of a student’s intellectual abilities, according to studies at Michigan State University.
  • Potentially exposing personal information without knowing it results from your phone doubling as a surveillance tool, tracking data from location-based apps. The more you use your phone, the more you may share about yourself.

Interrupting quality time spent with your partner due to ever-present technology devices is what a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University has coined “technoference.” If your actions imply that you value your phone activity over spending time with your partner, it may negatively affect your relationship.

 

Which one(s) are you most guilty of?

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Bonnie C January 20, 2015 at 3:18 pm

The last one should read "none of these" because there are other reasons I look at my phone multiple times during the day. If I'm doing something that doesn't require a lot of concentration (like watching something on t.v.) and get bored or distracted, I find myself looking at my phone. I can still give my undivided attention at meetings and during other circumstances, but if I'm bored, one of the first things I reach for is my phone.

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Catherine January 19, 2015 at 12:20 pm

This is a great topic. Over the past few years, I've seen the halls and elevators of JHH transform from a normal-looking atmosphere to one populated by zombies shuffling forward, bumping into walls and other people because the people (largely faculty and staff) can't/won't put their phone down. That's a really negative impression for patients, visitors and other faculty. It is also the very opposite of "mindfulness".

It's all about how and when the technology is used. When somene's use begins to negatively affect themself or others, that's when it's time to modify behavior. Addicts of all stripes, of course, will deny the existence of any negative consequences.

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