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3 Signs You're Addicted to the Screen

By Genevieve Cunningham

How much screen time do you have in your life? It's possible that you're on a screen all day long. If it's not the office computer, it's your phone. If it's not your phone, it's the TV. And in all honesty, it might be the TV and phone at the same time. We're a screen-loving nation. While the invention of technology has certainly improved our lives, many of us are becoming addicted to the use of screens. Is this you? If you think you may be addicted to the constant stimulation of screens, take a look at these addiction signs plus some tips for putting it down. 

It's the First Action of the Day

If you wake up and reach for your phone first thing in the morning, you're not alone. So many of us do this, but it's not a great habit to keep. In fact, it's a sign that you're at least slightly addicted to your phone. Maybe we should drink coffee first or do a light stretch. Maybe we should simply allow ourselves time to wake up before we consume ourselves with technology. If this is a common habit for you, it might be time to reassess and make changes. 

It's Your Go-To Habit

When you're bored or in the process of waiting, what's the first thing you do? Chances are good that you immediately reach for your phone. While this is seen as a normal response, it's not necessarily a good one. Can we really not think of anything better to do? Read a book? Work on a hobby? But the truth is that we can't! If reaching for a device is your go-to habit, you may be addicted to having the screen at all times. 

You Feel Lost Without It

Have you ever left the house without your phone? The answer is probably yes. And when it happened, what did you do? You probably turned around to get it! That's because so many of us feel completely lost without technology in our pockets. And while this is certainly a blessing in our lives, it's also a sign that we need some space from our device. We can't live without it or we feel mentally unwell. Do you really want to live that way? If this is you, take a good long look at whether you can really do without your phone for a few hours, or whether you're heavily addicted to its convenience.

If you've had enough technology, take steps to take a little break. Put a day or a week or even just a few hours on your calendar as completely tech-free. Ease off of your addiction with new habits. Getting some distance from technology can make a big difference in your wellness and allows you to take back control from the ever-present screens in your life. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Nashua, N.H.

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