Am I Addicted to My Phone?

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

I'm about to get really honest here. No one likes to admit their personal struggles, and this post opens me up to judgment from other moms, and probably a lot of teasing from those who know me. I'm hoping that my honesty will give me a level of accountability. Maybe you share the same difficulties as me, and we can work together!

Ok, here goes. I think I'm addicted to my smart-phone.

The epidemic of screentime addiction

There's been a lot of articles circulating about the dangers of excessive smart-phone use by young people. Bullying sneaks into the safety of our homes, constant comparison brings dissatisfaction, apps steal time, and even the light emitted by the screens disrupts sleep patterns. I've known all this for years. We have taken steps to ensure that our children have regulated screen time and limited access to social apps.

But who's regulating the adults? The new trend in tech awareness is that parents are becoming too dependant on their phones to get through the day. I think that I am one of them.

I ALWAYS have my phone on me. Part of that is practical. My husband and kids need to be able to reach me. When I'm babysitting, I keep in contact with the parents through my phone. Yet, my smart-phone is about so much more than calls and texts.

  • I absolutely love having a camera with me 24/7. (How many times in my teens did I wish I always had a camera handy?!)

  • I use my phone to pay bills and check emails.

  • As an author, I use my phone to stay connected with readers through social apps and my blog.

  • I have a Kindle app on my phone, so I use it to read books, a lovely option when I'm waiting for an appointment or on a kid's class.

  • I keep connected to family and friends through our personal social media pages.

  • I use Google to look up information All. The. Time. (One of my most-used apps!)

  • My maps app gets me where I need to go with the least amount of wrong turns.

  • I use my calculator more than you'd think!

  • My kids' teachers use an app to keep me in the loop.

  • I use Pinterest to look up new ideas for decor, cooking, and organization. As I walk around my house, almost every room has a project inspired by a pin on Pinterest!

  • My phone is my timer for cooking, my alarm clock, and reminds me of appointments.

I feel like I need my phone, and maybe I do. I'm not trying to get rid of the thing, but I must become more aware of all the ways that my phone uses up my time and even drains my mental health.

What is the problem with screentime anyway?

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