Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Women and Smartphone Addiction

It’s not too surprising that America is in the midst of a so-called “smartphone epidemic” — Americans check their cellphones or mobile devices over 9 billion times per day. And 50 percent also check their phones in the middle of the night, according to

More and more research is showing that women are particularly prone to smartphone addiction and the personal, social and workplace problems that follow suit.  According to studies, “constantly” checking your phones can lead to higher levels of the following mental health conditions, which may already be a struggle as many of them are also linked to substance use disorder:
  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress
  • Low self-esteem
  • Sleep problems
The first step in preventing the negative health effects of smartphone addiction is to recognize the warning signs, including:
  • You panic when you can’t find your phone. 
  • Your vision is fading and your head hurts. 
  • You use your phone when driving.
  • You get phantom vibrations. 
  • You’re not sleeping well. 
  • You’re getting a sore neck and poor posture. 
Smart Steps to Set Limits on Your Smartphone 
Getting your smartphone use under control is important for your emotional health and recovery. Here are some everyday ways to scale back: 
  • Pay attention to your habits. In particular, track how much time you spend on your phone. If you think you might need to scale back, consider downloading one of the many apps that let you lock yourself out of your phone if you exceed a pre-set limit. 
  • Put your phone away during social times. Staring at your phone while spending time with loved ones isn’t the best way to form bonds -- but putting it away will help curb your use and allow you to devote your full attention to friends and family. 
  • Make your bedroom a no-phone zone. And this includes charging your phone bedside. The blue-hued light can interfere with your sleep cycle as it prevents your brain from releasing sleep-inducing melatonin. 
Life Skills at Rising Roads
As part of our addiction treatment for women, we include ‘life skills’ related groups so clients are equipped to handle the temptations and stress that go along with re-entering society after rehab. To learn more, call today: 866-746-1558. 

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