Are you checking your phone often?
What is driving our obsession with checking our phones impulsively?
Every few minutes we feel compelled to unlock our phones and cycle between the same apps. It's mindless but we still do it and for some ominous reason, it actually feels comforting to do so.
Every day we are bombarded with stressors. We are searching for any escape to alleviate the discomfort. The widespread access to smartphones makes this a common form of escape for many people.
We check our phones impulsively because it is an instant distraction. In some ways it is more effective than other forms of addiction and still allows us to be functioning individuals.
This is important to realize, because addictions to drugs and food affect our functioning in clear and obvious ways. We're able to determine our addiction and the negative affect it imposes on our life.
With the technology we have access to now, checking our phones, this form of addiction is subtle but it still may affect us in negative way and it is important to be aware and set boundaries.
How is Cell Phone Addiction Linked To Depression & Anxiety
We check our cell phones on impulse and it brings us a sense of comfort. Checking our phones isn't necessary but it gives us a momentary escape from anything we are feeling at the moment.
So how is this connected with mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety?
Depression & Anxiety
The symptoms of Depression & Anxiety are discussed here on our pages:
Our addiction to checking our phones constantly may be a coping mechanism for symptoms of anxiety and depression. The feelings of loneliness, isolation, self-doubt, and instability may be reduced when we check our phones.
It's a comforting distraction and coping mechanism but if our use hides a bigger illness and helps to mask symptoms of a mental health disorder, it is brave and important to seek the care we deserve and need. Putting our phones down and giving our mental health some of that attention is a beautiful step forward.