Am I addicted to my phone? An afterthought

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So how has not having a phone for 3 days affected me?

Effect of Phones

Well I feel I have more of an understanding on the subject of mobile phone addiction. There is no doubt in my mind that I was, and still am, addicted to my smart phone. As much of a relief as it was for me not to have it in my life as soon as the 3 days were over it was back in full force. However I am no longer subservient to the pangs of adrenaline every couple of minutes, instead I now have the power to choose when I want to look at my phone.

Looking back I was not aware that I had these pangs of adrenaline which denoted phone use and I was unaware of how much I was looking at my phone. In fact I feel I was running away from giving myself space to think, filling my time instead with endless twitter feeds and Facebook posts.

It brought up some interesting thoughts on social media and the reasons why we share our lives on the medium.

It’s almost as if we need to share our lives in order to validate our experience.

However I would like to look at this issue in a future blog post.

How others were affected

The reaction of others to my lack of phone was what struck me the most. My parents were ‘relieved they could get in contact with me again’, while my friends thought it was ‘Idiotic as they wanted to invite me out.’

Idiotic that I wasn’t at their beck and call seems a rather ridiculous statement if you ask me. But it does go to show how infuriated people get if they cannot get through to you.

In my opinion what it does show is just how addicted to speed and connectivity we have become. When I mentioned to the friend that I did not have my phone she said ’Well I Facebooked you too’. How many different ways should there be to contact someone?

And to be honest if I didn’t text or call back shouldn’t that say just how lack lustre I am in attending their invitation?

I am not sure if they were more upset that I did not attend or it took me a day to message them back?

When I asked her how it has affected me she said “it’s surprising how 3 days can affect you”. You look less stressed; seem happier and less preoccupied all the time.

Conclusion

In final conclusion I Think what the 3 days has brought is clarity and knowledge to not only how mobile phone addiction may affect us but also a sense of understanding of my own behaviour.

It has led to me using my phone less, deleting some social media applications and owning my time rather than the phone owning me.

Philip Karahassan

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