Top 5 signs you’re addicted to your mobile phone

addicted to your mobile phoneIt’s com­mon and sen­si­ble to own a smart­phone nowa­days as it is very much inte­gral to our way of life. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, with the func­tions and attrac­tions it pro­vides us, it’s easy to fall into the trap of addic­tion. If you’re not sure if you’re one of these peo­ple, check out the list to con­firm if you’re addict­ed to your mobile phone.

Top 1 sign you’re addicted to your mobile phone: You accidentally leave your phone at home, so you can’t concentrate at work or school.

How many times has this hap­pened to you? You know exact­ly where your phone is so there’s no rea­son to wor­ry, but still, you can’t con­cen­trate. You can’t help but think that maybe a hun­dred and one peo­ple are try­ing to con­tact you and you can’t wait to final­ly get your phone back. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, some­times, you get home to find that no one has sent you a text or phoned you. So, relax!

Top 2 sign you’re addicted to your mobile phone: When you want to know something — whatever it is, you automatically look it up on your phone.
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You are extreme­ly depen­dent on your mobile phone. It is your cam­era, mp3 play­er, news­pa­per, pri­ma­ry means to con­tact the world, favourite game, cal­en­dar, list of things to do, TV, inter­net, map, and so much more. For you, your mobile phone is the most reli­able gad­get in the world, and you can’t imag­ine life with­out it.

Top 3 sign you’re addicted to your mobile phone: You constantly check your phone for updates or notifications.

Your fin­ger just can’t stop touch­ing your smart­phone to check for updates or noti­fi­ca­tions. The moment you see one, even if you’re in the mid­dle of some­thing impor­tant or your hav­ing lunch with your friends or fam­i­ly, your hands will car­ry on click­ing until you see or read the com­plete post or message.

Top 4 sign you’re addicted to your mobile phone: You have a headache, and yet you still read articles, look at photos and watch videos on your phone.
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Your eyes are telling you that you’ve had enough screen time for the day, which may have been caused by exces­sive com­put­er use or TV view­ing, but still, you can’t put your phone away. You asso­ciate using your phone to some­thing relax­ing, so even if its bright­ness isn’t help­ing your eyes and head to recov­er, you’re still on your phone.

Top 5 sign you’re addicted to your mobile phone: When you need to take note of something, you either add a note on your phone, take a photo of the words, or leave a voice reminder by recording your voice.

addicted to your mobile phoneYou think writ­ing is so passé now. When you are shown some infor­ma­tion you need to take note, you add a note on your phone. If the infor­ma­tion has over five words, you take a pho­to of it. If you need to remind your­self to do some­thing and adding a note would take over 3 min­utes, you would rather record your voice and lis­ten to it after.

If you got at least 3 of the five signs, you are addict­ed to your mobile phone — and I bet you know it. 🙂

Top 5 mobile phone etiquette rules for commuters

Some peo­ple think that mobile phone eti­quette is over­rat­ed and out­dat­ed. I can’t think of any­thing else that’s so far from the truth. The population’s use of their mobile phones in pub­lic affects all of us.

One gad­get that’s overused and mis­used is the smart­phone. We sim­ply can’t live with­out it and it’s under­stand­able. Liv­ing up to its coined name, the smart­phone is unde­ni­ably smart. You can keep in touch with oth­ers, surf, read, shop, lis­ten to music and pod­casts, play games, take and check out pho­tos and videos, and so much more. It’s not sur­pris­ing that the smart­phone has made pub­lic trans­port trips more fun or at least more bearable.

Let’s blame the not-so-smart use of smart­phones. Since there are many things we can do on mobile phones, some think that they can use our theirs wher­ev­er and when­ev­er. They must’ve for­got­ten that cour­tesy and respect are equal­ly if not more impor­tant than technology.Man in Brown Hoodie Standing in Front of Train Railway

When on pub­lic trans­port and you see peo­ple glar­ing at you or shak­ing their head in dis­be­lief, chances are you’re dis­obey­ing at least one unspo­ken mobile phone eti­quette rule.

 

Top 1 Mobile Phone Etiquette Rule: Don’t talk too loudly on the phone.

If you have to talk to some­one on the phone while you’re on a bus, tram, fer­ry or train, use your qui­et voice. Peo­ple aren’t inter­est­ed in what you did last night, your issues with your house­mate or what you’re cook­ing for din­ner. Show con­sid­er­a­tion to peo­ple who would like to catch some Zs, rest, study, work, read, write, think, imag­ine, or lis­ten to music or podcasts.

Top 2 Mobile Phone Etiquette Rule: Don’t play music for everyone on board.

Our music pref­er­ences are dif­fer­ent so please don’t play disc jock­ey on any pub­lic trans­port. Put your head­phones or ear­phones on if you want to lis­ten to music or pod­casts, and let the rest of the pas­sen­gers enjoy theirs and more impor­tant­ly their peace and quiet.

Top 3 Mobile Phone Etiquette Rule: Look up to check if there’s someone in need.

Some­times, we get too engrossed in our smart­phones that we escape real­i­ty. Look up from time to time to make sure no one needs your seat or needs you to scoot over in order to make some room.

Top 4 Mobile Phone Etiquette Rule: Don’t play your game with too much zest.

The trans­port you’re on is not an Inter­net café, and the per­son sit­ting next to you isn’t a fel­low gamer. Avoid get­ting over­ly excit­ed as you might end up mak­ing nois­es in reac­tion to your game performance.

Top 5 Mobile Phone Etiquette Rule: Eyes on your phone only.

A fel­low pas­sen­ger may be look­ing at some­thing inter­est­ing on his or her phone, but that doesn’t give you the green light to check it out for your­self or worse give unso­licit­ed com­ments. If you find your­self peek­ing, avert your eyes. Think of how you’d feel if there were some stranger check­ing out your screen.

A recent inci­dent on the train has made me believe that there is still hope for our smart­phone-addict­ed gen­er­a­tion. A man whis­pered to the per­son he was talk­ing to on the oth­er line to call him back because he was on the train. I watched that scene unfold with a huge smile on my face.

Mobile phone eti­quette rules aren’t imprac­ti­cal and cer­tain­ly not dif­fi­cult to fol­low. In fact, they’re so sim­ple, so I can’t help but hope that with suf­fi­cient aware­ness more peo­ple will become more respon­si­ble and smarter smart­phone users.

PHOTO FROM PEXELS BY CLEM ONOJEGHUO.