Can we become addicted to using cell phones?

Definitely, and I am one of such persons that is addicted to smartphones. I am not on a high addiction but nothing negligible either. Ever since our cellphones have become smartphones everything changed. It is like they were designed to become addictive. 

Many years ago I would only use my phone to make calls, text and answer messages and that was it. With smartphones apps like Facebook, Instagram, twitter, whatsapp, snapchat and so on have emerged and started "eating" our time, energy and health. 

If you go on public transportation you will notice that almost 90% of the people are glued to their smartphone screen scrolling down the pages. They don't even pay attention that much on what they read or see. It's like we have become some type of smartphone zombies. Some of us can't even live without smartphones for too much. 

I've heard many times people complaining that they went to some remote area and they didn't had internet connection and they felt so bad that they didn't knew what to do. It was like the only way one can spend his time is on a smartphone. I am somehow treating my addiction and one tool that I have is cutting out social media. I've quit Facebook and Instagram one year and a half ago and I am only using twitter, whatsapp, telegram and esteem. Sometimes I find myself using these also too much but I am working on it. 

However I acknowledge the fact that smartphones are very useful pieces of tech but also very addictive. Gadgets that can affect our health both physical and mentally. You have to be careful how much are you using them. 


No, but we can be addicted to the functionalities and features of the phones like its games, cool and useful applications, social media portals and many more. The technology itself is primarily useful to us since it provides us beings the convenience in everyday life. It's just, we came into that thought of cellphone addiction because we tend to overuse its functions and applications. Hope that helps!


Isn't it already a trend that some people already do without noticing it? I mean, when was the last time anyone living in the city not check their social media account for more than 12 hours? I'm discounting sleep in the equation. Take a chronic phone user away from their device and you can see similar symptoms of withdrawal. 


Obviously yes. The best man companion now is our cell phones. A lot can be done with it. Before, we are always bored when alone but now, boredom has reduced with the existence of mobile devices. However, some people make ends meet on the internet which makes them always glued to their phones or system at all time.

It isn't a news again that reasonable percentage of youths are phone addicts. Watching movies, comedy, playing games, and so on has taken the wave in the use of smart phones.

When you are always online, replying to all chats, checking all tweets, Instagram, Steemit, musing and so on, you are likely to be addicted especially when almost all your time is spent doing one thing or the other on your cell phone.

If you check the google play store, there are a lot of apps (e.g, get off my phone) that was built to help people control the use of their cells phones from locking some apps on their phones for some time in other to stay clear from all round phone usage to disabling WiFi and and data connections.

Some people press phones when they ought to be doing something more important just because they are addicted.

This apps are purposely designed to reduce the rate at which the phone is used in other to be productive in things that needed to be done on time. We can become addicted to using of cell phones. It is an affirmative statement. Infact, a lot of people are addicted already. If you notice that your phone is gradually taking or has taken the space of some things in your life then you are said to be an addict whether partially or chronically. In short, we can become addicted using our cell phones.


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Smartphones can not be separated in existence. Every day, we have a tendency to positively would like a smartphone to try and do work or simply diversion. It ought to be noted, excessive use of smartphones is additionally not smart.

For example, once with family, we have a tendency to ar even engrossed during a smartphone. once we visit the lavatory, we have a tendency to bring a smartphone. while not realizing it, we have a tendency to become chronic as a result of it cannot escape.

This development is explained by Adrian Ward, a man of science United Nations agency examines shopper choices. He discharged a journal printed by the Journal of the Association for marketing research. within the journal, Ward wrote however smartphones have distinctive effects.

This result is that the same as our name. From childhood, names become identities and ar inherent in people's lives. once you are specializing in doing work, suddenly individuals decision our names. Our focus should be entertained and answer the decision.

This conjointly applies to smartphone use. once you begin victimisation it, you may be ready to regulate the time. Gradually, smartphones ar inherent in our lives. No surprise our attention is often targeted on smartphones.

This contains a negative impact, that is to scale back the user's thinking and memory capability. Even once the smartphone is silent, it's turned off, and not command.

To overcome this, Ward prompt that users get accustomed swing their smartphones on the brink of their current position.


Yea I guess many of us now are cell phone addicts. I guess, an hour without the cell phone would feel so tortorous as though it is water to fish.

Nowadays with super fast internet and also better phone functions, our phone becomes the everything of our life. It is our media player, the social media and many more. The need to get liked and validation of self is something that everyone seeks...

The reason this is happening is also due to the world that is changing around us. Everything around us seems to also be connected. Having a handphone now becomes a tool to unlocking everything that is around us.

I am sure the next next generation would have the smart phone inserted into our glasses or something. Maybe it will be part of us one day. As soon as 5g roles out and maybe at that time iPhone 15. The world would be fully connected.


Through the power of curiosity and training you to postpone instant gratification.

As a child, we learn that everything comes to those who wait. Too much immediate pleasure leads to impulsiveness and leads to dissatisfaction instead of satisfaction in the long run. This is why it is inadvisable to give everything immediately to children; if their brain gets used to having everything instantly, they will have more trouble in the future to be patient to achieve a goal in the long term.

By the way, have you ever wondered why your distractions are so quickly diverting you from your goals? Are you curious about your usual impulses to turn to your phone?

What happens when we become curious about our reactions? We begin to realize that a desire comes from a sensation of the body (a biochemical desire). This can be hunger, tension or any potential source of pleasure or danger: I think in your case the expectation of a novelty since the brain is very fond (Facebook notification, Tinder match, beep SMS new message ... )

In addition, being curious about our reactions can help us get out of our bad habits.

How to proceed ?

Rather than letting a distraction (smartphone) distract you from an important objective (or a sumptuous view), identify the emotions and consequences of that reaction. It is a matter of giving yourself a moment of reflection to accept or not the proposition made by your cerebral system instead of reacting reflexively, thus unconsciously.

For example :

Instead of reading a text message as soon as you receive an SMS notification, respond to it and feel a little better for a short time, try first to notice this desire that takes you, to be curious about the sensations it generate and postpone this action until later. Instead of clicking on an entertainment video when you're supposed to be working, take the time to notice where this urgent reaction comes from, sometimes in the order of the drive, and postpone this action until later.

Just be curious about your feelings / urges and train your brain to postpone this action until later, during a break or a moment associated with relaxation. This virtuous mechanism can be trained through the practice of meditation, which I highly recommend.

It's not easy, but the more you train your brain to postpone instant gratification, the more you'll feel the serenity of letting go and not depending so much on your surroundings.


I can see how people can be addicted to their phones. I am luckily not addicted but it is essential for my everyday life these days.

I only use my phone for calls and messages and nothing else. It is an essential tool for business and family life. It has made my life a lot easier and can't do without it.

I can see why the younger generation gets caught up in the different apps and it is easy to be addicted . If you only see it as  a tool and nothing else then you will be fine, but once you use it for everything then you will be in trouble.  

I have heard of a back and next condition called text neck and that is from youngsters spending the day leaning over their phones. Hoe many hours do you need to do that to have  a medical condition. It just shows you how much time people are using their phones.

I have noticed going out to restaurants and couples on dates are on their phones with very little talking going on. The art of communicating is changing for the worse and this is dangerous. 


Yes, absolutely. I use my cellphone not only for calls but also for the internet. This can be highly addictive. 

Some people play games on their phone, are active on social media sites.

I'm not active on Facebook or any other social media platform, but can't stay away (don't want to) from Steemit and Musing. I also have different apps on my phone helping me stay informed and take care of a couple of things. 

The other thing that I'm using my cellphone for is the camera. I'm an amateur photographer and love to take photos of everything. Might not take the camera with me all the time but I'm not leaving without my phone, this way I am always ready to capture what comes my way. 

I'd say a smartphone is a necessity these days. 


Yes, it is possible to be addicted in using a cellphone. I also think that there are some who got addicted already on it.

There have been some news about those some kids who got hospitalized because of their excessive use of their mobile phones.

The modern mobile phones have lots of uses or we can do lots of things with it. Such as playing games, taking selfies and using social media networks.

All those things that we can do with it can cause addiction just like for those who are gaming addicts and selfie addicts.

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Aren't people not addictive on smartphones yet? It's pretty apparent more people uses their smartphones in so many hours per day. Even when smartphones are not the thing yet, and we all have all those old Nokia phones, we already got addicted in them either through calls or texting. Smartphones just enhanced the capabilities and features which led to more time consumed by using our smartphones.



And it's no longer a question of 'can', it's already happening

I can't think of youth who owns a smartphone and isn't dependent on it.

There's a lot to get addicted to: games, videos, social media.... The list is endless

Plus, sometimes, when we're bored, our phones are always there for us


I am not a believer, although my answer may seem religious in its connotation:

I grew up in a time when not only were there no cell phones, even landlines (residential or commercial line) were very scarce.

1- When my mother was late returning from work, we did not worry. We just grew curious to tell us the cause of the backwardness.

2- When I went out with my friends and there was something unforeseen for which I did not arrive at the time fixed at home (95% of the time ...) my mother was not "dying of grief", but rather furious at not complying home rule.

In those times, "faith" was practiced. Faith that your mom was fine, only an unforeseen event had delayed her. Faith in that your children were well, it was just that by rebellion they disobeyed "your curfew".

Today "faith" goes as far as the cellular signal or the battery of your cell phone arrives. No further from that.

Now you see more "collective hysteria" than 40 years ago because faith was replaced by the cellular microwave or the durability of your cellular battery.

Is not that addiction? And precisely the pathological?



Are not teenagers already? Special young people. I know because I'm one of those who uses the cell phone to chat, play and role-play. There are even times when I am struck by having a cell phone while, eating. I'm even in the same house as a cousin, but since she is in another part of the house, like for example: the second floor, I write a text for her to come up or down. She also does the same to me. My aunt is stunned by us, but she also joins us when we write to each other in the house through a social network.


You mean smartphones? I don't even posess one. The itty bitty screen with content crammed clumsily into very limited space? The camera? Better obtain a stand-alone one. And do you like Google-ridden Android?

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