Today, the mobile phone is a tool that most people in developed countries depend on . Can’t go out without it? Do you hear the sound of a message and can’t help but read it immediately? Can’t be without battery on the street? Do you eat with your mobile on the table, and even looking at the notifications? Is it the one thing you don’t forget for a moment throughout the day? If the answer to all these questions is Yes, then you are addicted to the mobile phone.

In Bekia, we show you some signs that indicate that you are addicted to the mobile phone. The first step in realizing that you have this problem too is admitting it. Therefore, before reading this article, we recommend that you think about whether or not you really have an addiction and the reasons why. When you finish reading it, rethink the question: Am I addicted to mobile? Next, we show you the most relevant signals.

1. The first thing you do when you wake up is check your notifications

If when you open your eyes the first thing you do is look at social networks , we regret to tell you that it is a sign that you are addicted to the phone. You should know that when you wake up, your brain needs a few minutes to function properly, so you should not harass it with your mobile as soon as you wake up.

If you use the mobile as an alarm, you should deactivate the notifications just before sleeping and put it in silent mode to avoid interrupting your sleep and do not make you look at the mobile phone as soon as you wake up.

2. You panic if you run out of battery

Are you one of the people who usually carry a portable battery in your bag or backpack? That’s because you can’t live without having your mobile phone turned on . It is true that nowadays, the mobile is a necessary tool to be connected to your work at all times.

However, if you try to use it only for work leaving aside notifications and social networks, you would not need to carry a portable battery so that your mobile does not turn off in case you run out of battery.

This is similar to what is known as nomophobia, that is, fear of leaving home without a mobile phone . It is very similar because if you go out with your phone with a low battery and it turns off shortly after leaving, it is the same as if you had left home without it.

Nomophobia is a very serious problem, as it is the greatest example of mobile phone addiction . That you cannot detach yourself from it is something that you must remedy, since it can create anxiety and stress by the simple fact of being without this tool. So if you think you have nomophobia, do your best to remedy this problem and detox from the phone.

3. You can’t help not looking at the notifications

You hear a thousand messages, notifications from instagram, facebook, instagram … Are you able to not look at them at the moment? Surely you cannot resist the temptation and look at them instantly. If you cannot be more than fifteen minutes without being separated from him, you are addicted to mobile .

To avoid temptation, try to set certain times when you can turn off notifications . We know that WhatsApp is a useful application to be in contact with people at any time, and sometimes it can be very important if you are waiting for any important notice or message from a friend or family member.

However, applications such as instagram or facebook are irrelevant and you should avoid being connected at all times on these social networks. Try to disconnect from social networks and do other activities with family or friends that make you stay in true contact with them.

4. You use the mobile phone when you are with family or friends

If you meet to go out, go to the movies, eat or even party, the most logical thing is that you spend that time with your friends and do not consult your mobile phone unless you have an emergency. However, this is not what happens.

It is said that we need a mobile phone to be in contact with the people we love. But, once you are with them personally, what is the excuse? We must be aware that the time you spend with your family and friends cannot be recovered, and instead of investing it in talking and interacting with them, you are hooked on your phone to upload a photo to a social network or check the ‘likes’ of a publication.

5. You think your mobile rings or vibrates when in reality it has not done anything

If you think your mobile is constantly ringing or vibrating and then it turns out to be your imagination , you are addicted! Many times it will have happened to you that you have heard a call or message tone just like yours, and it is from the person who is right next to you. That is within normal limits.

However, when you have your mobile in your pocket and you think that it has vibrated or is ringing when in reality it is not, it is a signal that indicates that you need your mobile to receive notifications to be able to interact with it and watch it constantly.

Try to set some schedules to be detached from the mobile and try to reduce that addiction

As we mentioned above, the first step is to accept and admit that you have a problem with your mobile phone . Remember that if you have nomophobia you should do everything possible to eliminate that addiction that keeps you glued to your mobile phone.

If you are with your friends or family, avoid replying to messages or open social networks. If you go to bed, try to have your mobile in a place where you cannot pick it up from bed and deactivate the notifications of the applications that are less relevant to you to start detoxifying. With these little tips, you will reduce your addiction to the phone and start to enjoy the little things in life much better!

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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