When it comes to addictions many people know the usual culprits. Alcohol, prescription medication, and hard drugs. What many people don’t realize though is that you can get addicted to just about anything.
There are two types of addiction. One which creates a physical dependency within our bodies to the point where if we don’t give it to our system our system goes into shock. The second kind of addiction is a mental dependency. Something becomes so routine and automatic for us that it becomes an addictive action out of habit and belief that we are better off with it in our routine.
So many people are addicted to technology that many are quick to dismiss this addiction, simply because it’s so common. How addicted are you really? Take a look at some of the most telltale signs.
Anytime Your Phone Beeps You Can’t Focus On Anything Else
If you put your device down on a table or counter and walk across the room to do something else and your phone goes off from an alert you can’t stand not getting up and walking over to your phone to check what kind of a message you’ve received. Whether it’s an email, a social media notification, a calendar reminder, or a text message, it doesn’t matter, it’s all the same.
Some people have such an urge to know what is constantly happening that they’ve lost all sense of being “unplugged” or “disconnected.” There used to be a time when if you left your home you simply couldn’t be gotten ahold of. Plain and simple. Nowadays the immediacy of knowing you can know anything at any moment creates an addiction to constantly be in the know.
You Can’t Watch a Show Without Checking Your Phone Throughout
Are you the kind of person that loves a good tv show? Have you found yourself confused however at moments because you realize that you’ve been on Instagram every 5 minutes leaving you only half engrossed in each task?
Studies show that multitasking does not improve cognitive health but actually decreases overall performance. Instead of giving only half of your attention to each task you are attending to, give your 100% attention to one thing at a time as you do it.
Your Phone is Never Dead
Does the thought of a 15% battery make you quiver with anxiety? How about leaving the house with less that 60%? Too risky!! Do you own 3 chargers in your house alone so that you can charge in any room you’re in? On top of that you own a portable charger which goes along in your purse or backpack, and of course, you have a charger in your car.