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See If You Are Obsessed with Your Phone

By Sandy Schroeder

Most people live with their phones in their pockets, in hand, or somewhere nearby. At night the phone goes with us and often winds up being the last thing checked at bedtime, and one of the first things in the morning. Is this phone obsession?

According to researcher results listed in shape.com, this ‘round the clock connection may become an obsession. They say constant use can overshadow everything else, and generate a current of stress.

Motorola’s Phone-Life Balance Study took a look at phone obsession. Over 4,000 smartphone users, ages 16 to 65, in the U.S., Brazil, France and India were surveyed. Sixty percent said it’s important to be independent from phones, but 65 percent said they panic if they can’t find their phone.

Many said their phones were one of their most important connections. Often it took priority over other activities like spending time with the people around them.

See If You Are Obsessed

Check your phone habits with a Phone-Life Balance Quiz from Motorola

Ten questions ask about your phone use, placing you in one of five categories: Phonosapien, Mindfully Mobile, Phone-Prone, Phonophile, and Phonatic, going from least to most phone-obsessed.  

Most of us know when our phone use surges out of control. If phone use feels compulsive, and affects relationships with friends or family, impacts work or creates problems in other situations, it may be time to step back and step away. Here are some tips to change use.

Think about phone use – Of course you’ll still use Google Maps, but you might skip some of the other uses in order to avoid being constantly attached to the phone.

Reduce alerts and notifications – Pick out the ones that are actually needed and skip the ones you'll see while browsing the headlines on a bathroom break.

Take phone breaks – Turn off your phone when you sit down to dinner or go out to lunch with a friend. Step away during the day or head out for a quiet afternoon. Really enjoy conversations and other projects without a constant phone backdrop. When you do, you may find yourself learning all sorts of things about the world and the people around you, and feeling a lot more relaxed. If you do, keep right on going. Let your phone be a valuable tool without being an obsession.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.

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