Are You Addicted to Your Phone?

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Are You Addicted to Your Phone?

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Do you think you’re addicted to your phone?  If you look at it right when you wake up and it’s the last thing you see before you go to bed, you may have an intense attachment to your device.

Are you addicted to your phone?

According to CNN, signs of phone addiction may include feeling uncomfortable when your phone isn’t in your hand, checking it even when it’s dead or there’s no notification, literally sprinting to find a charger before it dies, taking it with you to go to the bathroom, and not being able to go five minutes without using it. But what do these symptoms mean?

What an addiction is

When the addiction is present in the human mind, the neurons undergo physical changes and release an impulse (neurotransmitter) to other cells and tissue in your body. The neurons release exaggerated amounts of neurotransmitters resulting in excess pleasure. The body eventually normalizes to the addiction and does not receive the same effect as it once did; this is called tolerance. The more you use what you’re addicted to, the more dependent you are to the element according to Medical News Today.

84 percent of people surveyed in a new TIME Mobility Poll said they couldn’t go a single day without their mobile device in hand.

What makes phones addicting?

NY Daily News states that 84% surveyed couldn’t go a day without a phone in their hand.

“I think it is addicting because people are always checking their notifications. I get a lot of them and always check them,” said Dilan Aziz, 7th grade.

Phones can go off for many different reasons. Whether it is an app or a text message, many people feel compelled to check it. There is a great variety of things to do on your phone and some have a different level of importance to certain individuals than others.

“I always feel the need to respond to people. I check it whenever I’m bored,” said Abby S, 7th grade.

Phantom Alerts

Similar to hearing your name called when no one’s behind you, you can feel or hear a notification when nothing really happened. The direct cause of phantom alerts is not known but is related to overinvolvement with a cell phone.

“Yes I get phantom alerts. I check my phone constantly and every time there’s a sound around me I think it’s the person texting me back,” said Jennifer G, 7th grade.

“I sometimes get phantom alerts. I think it’s a nearby phone sometimes but other times I think it’s because I’m so used to it buzzing and I’m just making it up in my head,” said Julia Ostrowski, 8th grade.

Are your parents addicted to their phones?

Are teens the only ones guilty?

Teens are not the only ones attached to their phone, adults are too. According to CNN , 69% of parents check their phone hourly and only 27% admit to being addicted. Developing an attachment to your phone can sometimes happen subconsciously since many people use and rely on it on a daily basis.

“I think adults use their phone for more work stuff. Teens use it for social media and games and are usually on it longer,” said Jay K, 7th grade.

“Parents use their phones as much as we do. They usually use social media like other kids,” said Andrea M, 7th grade.

The results of phone addiction

According to Phone Addiction Tips, your stress levels will rise because you compulsively check your phone. This can lead to insomnia since the light stimulates your brain which causes the melatonin (a chemical that regulates the sleeping cycle) to think it’s daytime. Because of the yearn to use a phone, people can have difficulty parting from it even with a negative consequence in place.