I, like most of the people around me, have a smartphone. I use it more than I would like to admit, but I still have limits. But some people I know? Are less successful in their efforts to keep from being controlled by their smartphones.
So here, in no particular order, are ten signs you need to back away from the smartphone:
1. When someone asks you what it’s like outside, you refer to your weather app instead of looking out the window.
2. You are almost always carrying on two conversations at once—one with the people around you, one online via smartphone.
3. You have so many alerts set on your phone, the chimes require a decoder ring to decipher.
4. When you can’t find your phone, you have a full-fledged panic attack.
5. Checking your phone for new messages is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning—and the last thing before closing your eyes at night.
6. When someone asks you how you’re doing, you check your last status update before answering.
7. Words With Friends has become more important to you than actual friends.
8. Your children, when imitating you, hold a flat object in front of them and make texting motions with their thumbs as they say, “not now, honey. Mommy’s busy.”
9. You refuse to frequent a restaurant unless you can find their menu, prices and at least ten reviews using your phone.
10. Your spouse has ever hidden your phone in the refrigerator/stove/other appliance you no longer have time to use now that you’re a smartphone addict.
That’s what I’ve got. What would you add to the list?