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Are you addicted to your phone? Does it rule you?

Last night as I sat in my computer graphics class all I could think about was my phone. I had turned it off and placed it in my purse.

As the teacher started to talk at 6:00 o’clock I was not paying attention. I was  holding my phone typing a comment to add to a photograph I had taken on instagram. The photograph was of my computer on the desk in front of me. “Class is about to start,” I typed.

I couldn’t figure out why the teacher kept looking at me. Did I look creative? Did he think I looked intelligent? Then the student beside me touched my elbow and said, “Mom, your phone.”

Oh dear, I was being a disrespectful student. What a bad example I was setting for my daughter who is in the class with me.

For three hours and 15 minutes I couldn’t check status updates, see who commented on my blog, or find out any news.

Are you addicted to your phone?

Does your phone beep everything you get an e-mail, or a notification on Facebook? Do you check every time it beeps?

I want to use my phone, but not have it rule me. The phone has become my master.
Are you addicted to your phone?

“I have beeped, my slave, run to me and see what message I bring,” said my phone.

“I shall obey your beeps Master Phone.” I replied.

“You shall have no other phones before me. As you go about your day, do not think about the book you are writing, or the paintings you want to do, constantly check me even when I don’t beep. Be obsessed with me. Keep me beside you at all times, never let my battery die.”

“I shall obey.”

Seriously now. I do not want to be ruled by my phone. I shall turn it off when I write, and check it once an hour.

AHHHHHHHHH. My phone  just beeped. I forgot to turn it off. I want to look at it. Why did it beep? Who is it? Is it important?

Do you have this problem? Are you addicted to your phone? 

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Jaana

    The advantage of having an old phone is that I don’t have access to the internet on my phone. I also keep forgetting to take it out of my bag at home:) At school I can freely leave it on my desk all day as none of my students would want a phone as old as mine. Would I like a newer phone? Of course! When that will happen, I will update you on my phone behavior:)

  • Stacey Shubitz

    I overuse my phone, but I’m not addicted to it.

    Writer Nina Badzin has written a lot about this on the Forward. You can find the links to the relevant articles over on her blog, http://www.ninabadzin.com/published-essays/. She’s been trying to figure out solutions to her phone addiction.

  • writesnowydaywrite

    Like many things in life I think we all have to evaluate, just because we can, does that mean we should?!? It is easy to become addicted to our electronic devices and choosing wisely is important intervention. 🙂 I think we all relate to your words here.

    • writesnowydaywrite

      This is from me writekimwrite. My cat keeps trying to take credit here. Ha

  • Elsie

    Can you even remember how life was when there were no cell phones? You could only talk when you were at home. Sometimes I wish for that world, but I appreciate the convenience of having means to stay connected.

    • I have to think really hard to remember a time when I didn’t have a cell phone. It would be nice to be “unplugged,” for a few minutes? hours? days? Yet, I appreciate my children being to text me when they are out.

  • That was me, lol.

    Getting an iPhone changed my life, it is both a blessing and a curse. I wrote a whole blog post from my phone one time. It’s like crack, seriously.

    How about if I start a new challenge group called “Twice a Day,” that’s how many times you’re allowed to check your phone, not including calls and texts cause those are usually important and require a response. Especially when Marie texts me a new photo of Tink that is even homelier than the last one.

    • That sounds like a good challenge! Right now I am limiting myself to once a hour on the hour. So I am not a slave to the beeps. Most of the emails or phone calls I get are not urgent.
      Now a photograph of Tink would make me want to check immediately. I do miss the little fellow with his big ears.

      • Her, Pamela, her big ears! Is she not exquisitely feminine-looking?

        • She is a beautiful princess in her bed. I think she is waiting for her phone to ring.

  • You are SO right Pamela! It is a problem. I have so little computer time the phone is often the only way to stay in contact with the world, but it makes me to depending. Soon I can have computer time for working hours and learn how to live without the phone again. Thank you for this wake up! 🙂

    • Hello Lotta,
      I am happy to hear from you. My plan is to check my phone once an hour on the hour. And then try to have a life the rest of the time. Perhaps we don’t have to be constantly accessible?
      Hope all is well with you. 🙂