Reviewing our toxic relationship with phones-"How to break up with your phone: Catherine Price".
Updated: Oct 25, 2020
Let's take a test known as the smartphone compulsion test developed by Dr David Greenfield, founder of the Center for Internet and Technology addiction and psychiatry professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, noting the questions that apply to you.
Do you find yourself spending more time on your cell or smartphone than you realize?
Do you find yourself mindlessly passing time on a regular bases by staring at your cell or smartphone?
Do you seem to lose track of time when on your cell or smartphone?
Do you find yourself spending more time texting, tweeting or emailing as opposed to talking to people in person?
Has the amount of time you spend on your cell or smartphone been increasing?
Do you wish you could be a little less involved with your phone?
Do you sleep with your cell or smartphone, turned on, under your pillow or next to your bed regularly?
Do you find yourself viewing and answering text, tweets and emails at all hours of the day and night, even if it means interrupting other things you are doing?
Do you text email, tweet, Snapchat, Facebook message or surf while driving or doing other similar activities that require your focused attention and concentration?
Do you feel your use of your cell or smartphone decreases your productivity at times?
Do you feel reluctant to be without your cell or smartphone, even for a short time?
Do you feel ill-at-ease or uncomfortable when you accidentally leave your smartphone in the car or at home, have no service or have a broken phone?
When you eat meals, is your cell or smartphone always part of the table place setting?
When your cell or smartphone rings, beeps or buzzes, do you feel an intense urge to check for texts, tweets, emails, updates, etc.?
Do you find yourself mindlessly checking your cell or smartphone many times a day, even when you know there is likely nothing new or important to see?
These are the interpretation of your results by Dr Greenfield:
1 – 2. Your behaviour is normal, but that doesn’t mean you should live on your Smartphone.
3 – 4. Your behaviour is leaning toward problematic or compulsive use.
5 – or above: It is likely that you may have a problematic or compulsive Smartphone use pattern.
8 or higher- If your score is over 8, you might consider seeing a psychologist, psychiatrist, or psychotherapist who specializes in behavioural addictions for a consultation.
Well then, I am in big trouble since I scored more than 8.
If you are like me, then this book is definitely for you ( to be fair, according to Catherine, the only to score below 5 is not to have a smartphone).
Everyone or almost everyone having this behaviour doesn't make phone addiction harmless or ok.
That is exactly why I am recommending this book. It doesn't just tell you, you have a problem, and that's all. Nope. It gives you the real proof why it is a bad to be addicted to your phone, how the phone and social media is designed to make you addicted and (my favourite part) it offers a 30-day-program on how to break the habit. Luckily the program doesn't include throwing your phone into the nearest lake; it doesn't even say stop "Cold turkey". Rather it is a comprehensive mindfulness program for those of us READY to give up the habit.
If you are sure to get the book and let's start our journey ( I'm ready). Or follow the link below to get the audiobook for free (for first-time users only).
I have a good feeling about this lifestyle journey. Let us reclaim our lives from smartphones.
Feel free to reach out in the comment section or through Instagram or Twitter. I'll always answer.
It's bye for now :)