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11/21/14 at 10:53 AM 0 Comments

6 Signs You’re Addicted to Your Smartphone (and the world inside it)

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1. You take it with you to the bathroom…all the time.

Back in the day the lavatory, yes I said lavatory, was known for reading the newspaper and doing our best thinking! Why not use that time to check on a few people online? I don’t think anything’s wrong with this, maybe not until you find yourself doing it just about every-single-time. When our smartphone is taking over our attention everywhere including our every moment of, ahem, solitude in the restroom, it might be a sign we’re addicted to checking our phones.

2. It lives between your hand and your pocket.

Your phone is subconsciously known to only be in one of two places. If it’s not in your hand it’s been transferred to your pocket and if it’s not in your pocket its in your hand. These are the basic motions all day, every day when it comes to you and your smartphone. It is now one with your body. If it’s not in one of those two places it might as well be lost.

3. You jump to check every notification.

The downside of social media is that it has created a culture of acceptance cravings in our generation. Every like, every retweet, every positive comment, every compliment can translate as “I’m being accepted!” and that becomes addicting deep down for a lot of people; especially those who may be struggling with rejection or insecurity that needs to be validated by other people in order to affirm themselves. So in this case, it’s probably a deeper underlying self-value issue that can tie a person into being addicted to checking their notifications every 5 seconds.

4. Virtual reality is precedent over present reality.

I remember there was a time I struggled with this mainly because, in being an international organization, 90% of my ministry is done online and there are so many needs that I felt obligated to meet all of the time. It was all in good intentions until it began to overtake priorities I had in my present reality. If we don’t intentionally balance ourselves we’ll find ourselves checking statuses and timeline scrolling in interruption of school work and studying, family time, household needs, or even Bible reading and quiet time. What we devote ourselves to faithfully will show us our true master.

5. It’s the first thing you check when you wake up and the last thing at night.

Is your phone on a charger somewhere close to your pillow where it’s the first thing you roll over to check in the morning and last thing you close with at night. I don’t think anything’s wrong with the act in itself, but it gets dangerous when it becomes a daily habit that constantly steals our most solitary times of day. In combination with all of the above, it could be a good sign you’re addicted to your smartphone.

6. You feel like you’re missing out on life without it.

Do you feel like you’re missing out on monumental facets of life if you’re not checking your social media timelines for the “latest and greatest” thing being shared? Yeah there’s a chance you might miss some racey videos, some comment debates and controversial current news but will your life end if you’re not in “the know”? I think not. In fact, I think we lose the valuable moments of being present in our own reality versus a virtual reality. Cooking, reading a book, talking with the neighbors and kids outside, painting my nails and coloring in coloring books with Austin are all simple joys, among many others, that I cherish so much that keep me present. Some things the internet can never replace.

So now you may be saying, Okay Brittney. I think I’m addicted to my smartphone what exactly do you suggest.


Possible Resolutions

  • Turn off notifications and delete apps.

When it comes to any addiction of any kind, you’re not just on the defense, you’re on the offense. I personally deleted a majority of social media apps from my iPhone so the only way I can check things is if I physically get in front of a computer. Also going into your settings to turn off the notifications for various apps so they’re not constantly popping up at the top of your screen or showing up on the front face when your phone locks. This is just a preventive.

  • Don’t check your phone till 12 pm

Some days I’m better at this than others depending on what’s taking place that day; but if you can, try not to touch your phone until noon if possible. Learn to just be present in the morning, take the quiet time you need and gather your own thoughts for the day rather than being mentally fled with a timeline of others. It will be all the difference between starting your day from peace versus a mental rush.

  • Keep it in a totally separate room or drawer while you’re working.

This has been the jackpot of peace and focus for me. Many times when I’m writing, working or engaging with my son I’ll leave my phone in a completely different room where it won’t distract me or I wont feel tempted to be interrupted by other things trying to grab my attention. 90% of the things that show up on my phone can wait anyway and are rarely an emergency. It’s all about being fully present wherever you are.

  • Go on a social media fast

They say it takes about 21 days to break a habit. All of these things may have become second nature to you to a point that its subconsciously how you function. So you have to be intentional about breaking it. Not only will this help break the habit but the point of a fasting is to take that time and redirect it toward your spiritual intimacy with God. Use the equivalence of that time to pray, read and worship him instead. Any time God is not the center our life is off balance. The goal is to get back in the balance of the life He’s called us to.

Are you addicted to your phone and the world within it? Do you have any suggestions you’d add to the list or that you might consider changing? Comment below. Lets talk about it!

-Brittney Moses

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"Brittney Moses is a young visionary who’s passionate about seeing this generation live on purpose. In June 2012 the Los Angeles native founded a worldwide organization called Unashamed Impact encouraging young leaders to rise to their calling and be proactive in their cities through leadership development and community outreach."

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