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Smart phones – addictive behaviour or social connection

Smartphones have changed our lives. Fact.
But the scary truth is that the average Brit checks their phone up to 85 times a day
And that could be a staggering daily 5 hours.
The new year media is overflowing with advice for weight loss, more exercise and helpful hints to improve our lifestyle – but the sad truth is that for many of us, our phones have slipped from an essential part of modern life, to a habit bordering on a compulsion.
Nomophobia – it’s a scary new description for the growing understanding that not being able to access our phones causes us fear and panic.
Smartphone and internet addiction is real and a growing problem, especially among millennials.
If we are unable to function without access our phones, then there is a real likelihood of social anxieties leading to depression.
The latest researches are showing that Phone Separation Anxiety or
PSA is a growing and worrying trend that affects so many aspects of our lives, below are just a few of the ways these devices can erode our mental and physical health.
Are severely affected by connecting to our screens at the expense of eye to eye contact with those around us
Increase our stress levels and limit concentration on other tasks
Is blocked. That blue light will restrain the melatonin that controls the sleep/wake cycle
There are many horrific statistics of accidents caused by illicit checking/texting
Cyber bullying
Particularly affecting younger users and causing seriously negative self esteem issues when watching and responding to unrealistic postings.
Gruesome figures show the amount of fecal matter found on most phones

Beware, it’s not all innocent technology. Software designers are wise to our needs and use ‘persuasive tech’ to hijack our brains into wanting more connection to our devices.
A weeks holiday off Facebook has had a proven boost to wellbeing in a recent survey.
Maybe it’s time that we admitted our cellphones can become compulsive.
We need to distract ourselves gently and make some distance between us and the tiny magic tablet that has so much power.
Start with a 2018 trial of something new or long abandoned –
yoga, drawing, painting, singing, walking, reading, visiting,  just do something else.
Or start with the Forest app (iTunes £1.49)
Set the time you want to focus and a tree will grow. Any phone interruptions will kill the tree.
Better still, and free, is a real tree.
Go outside and just observe one for 10 minutes.
Crazy idea? No more bonkers than checking a cellphone 80 times daily.

Christina Fraser