It was a sad day when I realized my cell phone was interfering with my life. I was so busy efficiently multitasking online, I failed to realize how much I was actually disconnecting from everything and everyone in my real life.
Sure, I used my phone for work but looking back, it enabled me to work all the time. I barely noticed I was living in an anxious, scatterbrained state and only hearing half-conversations. My family, however, let me know they were discontent—more than once.
Taking a good, hard look at my habits made for an irrefutable discovery, one which I could no longer deny: I was having a subconscious love affair with my phone.
Sound familiar? Here are seven telltale signs that you might have a phone obsession, like I did.
It can be hard to admit your phone habits are problematic. But if the aforementioned signs hit home, consider taking these steps. It’s time to get your IRL life back.
You may notice your creativity returns, focus is no longer an issue and it’s easier to relax. More importantly, you’ll find being present produces greater connections and more meaningful conversations. Your spouse will love the new-found attentiveness and you will notice your children’s repeated demands may even decrease to one time requests—thanks to your quick in-the-moment responses.
Jenn Smith Nelson is a freelance writer who no longer sleeps with her iPhone.
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, October 2014. Photo by iStockphoto.