Are you constantly on your phone?
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Thanks to Tablet PC’s and smart phones we can constantly be in contact with one another and know what’s going on in the world wherever we are, regardless of the time of day. Whilst this has many great advantages, there are also, like with anything, downfalls.

There have been many articles surrounding our compulsive need to always be on our phones, checking what other people are doing, or even what they’re having for tea (that’s to all of you Instagram lovers), but is it really necessary and is it causing harm?

Time magazine recently posted an article entitled: “4 Signs You Love Your Tech Too Much” which included: checking your phones in bed, texting people who are in the same room as you, having a genuine fear of being without it, and collecting and hoarding your old mobile devices.

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The problem?

According to many reports and opinions the main issues with being constantly ‘switched on’ and having a portal where we tell everyone about everything instantaneously lie with having less face-to-face contact with people and causing stress.

Often we don’t feel the need to meet up with people because we tell them as and when it happens through the likes of text, WhatsApp and Facebook, and constantly being able to read our work e-mails means that we don’t have any downtime anymore.

A study conducted by the Michigan State University highlighted that the ‘blue light’ emitted from devices such as smartphones and Tablet PC’s prevents us from sleeping. So if you’re checking your phone before trying to get to sleep, or your instinct reaction when you wake up is to check your phone, then you may be feeling quite sleep deprived.

What about you?

You know what they say about an addiction, admitting it is the first step. We want to know how connected and switched on you are!

Do you check your phone as soon as you wake up (even if it’s the middle of the night)?
Do you check your phone or smart device, even when you’re out having a meal with friends/family/your partner?
Do you panic if you realise you’ve left your phone at home?
Do you quickly check your phone whilst driving?

Let us know your (truthful) answers by commenting below!

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