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15 signs that you’re absolutely addicted to your phone

You know who you are.

Have you ever known someone that doesn’t own a phone, or, at least, a phone without smart capabilities? It’s almost unimaginable to think about in our society. I struggle to wonder what I did before I owned a phone – what was my life like?

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Unfortunately, we tend to rely on these devices to the point that they’re hard to live without. Here are fifteen signs to tell if your smartphone relationship is actually a smartphone addiction.

1. Your phone is within arms-length from where you sleep.

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It’s the first thing you check when you wake up and the last thing you look at before you go to bed. Your phone never sleeps, so do you really need to, too?

2. You constantly check your phone throughout the day for new notifications.

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And when you don’t see anything, you start to open your apps just to make sure.

3. You walk around with your phone in the air when you lose signal.

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But that Snapchat has to be posted now!

4. You never have enough charge to last you the entire day.

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It’s painful to see that red color in the corner of your screen and you almost regret using all those apps. Almost.

5. You run for your charger as if you’re running for your life.

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Technically, your phone is life and you’d never let yourself die.

6. Your phone overheats. Often.

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Because you haven’t set it down once.

7. You text on the toilet.

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A bathroom break is still a break, so why not take advantage of it?

8. You consider your phone to be your +1 at parties.

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It’s the only thing you interact with when you’re there anyway.

9. You feel anxious when you leave your phone behind.

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Your phone can’t do anything without you, so how can you do anything without it?

10. Losing your phone means losing everything you own.

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It’s even more important than your wallet because credit cards can be replaced.

11. You consider any screen bigger than your phone’s to be hi-def.

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You can finally see the entire image without having to zoom!

12. You feel your phone vibrating even when it’s not.

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It’s calling to you. At least, you think it is. You really hope it is.

13. You randomly check your pockets to make sure your phone is still there.

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And if it’s not in the first pocket you touch, you have a mini panic attack.

14. You’ve run into more than one object while looking at your phone.

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But it’s so much more interesting than the real world.

15. Your phone is the only device you need to survive.

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It’s a camera, it’s a GPS, it’s the internet, it’s life. That’s why they call it smart.

If this sounds like you, then maybe it’s time to consider some time apart from your phone. Admitting that you are addicted to your phone is the first step to recovery. Try to turn it off every once in a while; you will be doing you and your phone a favor.

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Meghan Lannoo

Meghan Lannoo

Meghan Lannoo is currently majoring in Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She gets inspiration from books, friends, and the outdoors.

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