Are you addicted to your iPhone?

“You check it in the bathroom. You check it at the movies. You check it when you’re having dinner with your friends,” Markham Heid writes for TIME Magazine. “But you wouldn’t say you’re addicted — and most experts would agree with you.”

““Only a small percentage of people qualify as addicted,” says Dr. David Greenfield, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut and founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction,” Heid writes. “‘But many people overuse their smartphones,’ [Greenfield says].”

“The line between overuse and addiction is gray,” Heid writes. “But Greenfield says you’re moving into addiction territory when you can’t stop using your phone even when it’s harming your life. Whether you’re in a work meeting or behind the wheel, ‘if you can’t help being on it even when you know you shouldn’t be, that loss of control is the hallmark of an addiction,’ he says.”

What to do if you think you’re addicted to your iPhone in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Heres’ what you do, if you’re addicted to your iPhone:

Go get yourself an Apple Watch. Problem solved!

21 Comments

  1. Smartphone is a game changer or addiction as we called it. We don’t see people talking anymore, they were into smartphones texting, checking messages on the buses, trains, gyms, coffee shops, restaurants.

  2. It’s not the iPhone but certain life-affirming apps — social media and SMS texting — that are addictive. My hairdresser lost her life texting behind the wheel of her car. She’d been repeatedly admonished, even screamed at, about the danger of distracted driving by family and friends, but to no avail and now this, dead at 36. I’m still not over it.

  3. I sometimes wonder if I’m the only person who has discovered the ‘off’ switch and knows how to use it?

    If I’m having a meal with friends, then my phone is completely powered down and I’ll only switch it on again afterwards. If anybody has called me, they will have left a message and I’ll get back to them. Everybody who knows me realises that I routinely turn off my iPhone and that I always get back to them if necessary.

    When you actually look at what people are doing with their phones when they are supposed to be socialising, it seems to be mostly lightweight stuff such as social media. I’ve often sat in the pub and been amused by couples who are on a date, but as soon as one of them goes to the bathroom, the one left behind fires up Tindr and starts swiping left and right for a few minutes. I suspect that the other person might be doing much the same in the bathroom.

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