It seems like everywhere I go, half the people I see are either talking on their cell phone or sending text messages. It’s even more popular than teenagers and earphones. I don’t think I’ve walked into a store in years without running into at least one person who has a cell phone glued to his or her ear; and it must be glued, because it never seems to come off!
Do you go out with your family or friends and spend half the night texting or talking to other people? Are you constantly thinking about surfing the mobile web for a new Moves Like Jagger ringtone? Do you worry about your Words with Friends games? If you can’t enjoy the company of the people you’re with because you are constantly getting distracted by your cell phone, it’s a sign that you need to turn the phone off for a while and jump back into reality. And, honestly, why go out with people if you’re not really spending time with them?
The Facebook Connection
Do you send out more than five Facebook mobile updates per day? I know that exciting things happen and you can’t wait to tell your Facebook friends about them, but you should be able to limit your mobile updates to important events. If you’re updating Facebook several times throughout the day about trivial things, you are either extremely bored or you’re addicted to the powerful combination of Facebook and mobile Internet access. It’s time to disconnect!
Do you go through new phones faster than children grow out of clothes? New models come out all the time, but do you really need the latest and greatest features as soon as they come out? Additionally, phones aren’t cheap. Is having the latest version of the Droid OS really worth plunking down a few hundred dollars when you already have a perfectly functioning cell phone that meets your needs?
Not Paying Bills
Do you prioritize your cell phone higher than essential bills? If you’re getting behind on things like utility bills or rent because you have to pay an outrageously high cell phone bill then you are in definite trouble. Cell phones have a rightful place in most peoples’ lives, but they shouldn’t overshadow your responsibilities. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of thinking a cell phone is an absolute necessity, and even if you insist that it is, you shouldn’t let it blow your budget. Before you know it, you’ll be one of those people everyone is making fun of – or acting exasperated at – as you stand in line at the soup kitchen while talking on your iPhone!
Do you drop everything you’re doing – even if it’s important – every time your cell phone beeps with a new message? If you are sitting at your desk working, you should be able to wait until an appropriate time to check your messages. Even if you are a stay at home parent, you shouldn’t say things to your kids like, “I’ll be right there honey just as soon as I answer this message.” It’s not healthy when you jump out of your seat every time your phone beeps.
If you exhibit any or all of these sign, I assure you that I’m not making fun of you. Many people honestly aren’t aware of how much influence their cell phone has over their lives. Cell phones are fun and useful, but using one shouldn’t be your number one priority. It’s just as easy to get addicted to your cell phone as it is any other type of entertainment.