8 symptoms that you're a smartphone addict

8 symptoms that you're a smartphone addict

Smartphones and online social networks have driven some people to become tech obsessed. "Phubber", or smartphone addict, refers to someone who is snubbing real social contact by frequently checking their phone and posting words and pictures on the Internet.

Let's take a look at eight symptoms of phubbers written by TechWeb.com.

1. Nomophobia

The term nomophobia, no-mobile-phone-phobia, first appeared in a study by the UK Post Office, according to dailymail.co.uk.

Nearly 53 per cent of mobile phone users in Britain tend to be anxious when they "lose their mobile phone, run out of battery or credit, or have no network coverage", said the study.

2. Text claw

According to dailymail.co.uk, too much Candy Crush or typing on a phone can create feelings of soreness and cramping in the fingers, wrist and forearm, or even cause repetitive strain injury.

3. Dry eye syndrome

When people are concentrating on looking at a screen, their blinking rate is reduced by a third. This leads to a higher level of tear evaporation which is one of the leading causes of dry eye syndrome. This can, eventually, lead to permanent eye damage, according to dailymail.co.uk.

4. Phubbing

In a survey conducted by the Capital Normal University's counseling centre last year, 77 per cent of respondents admitted that they had their mobile phones on for 12 or more hours a day, with 33.55 per cent leaving them on a 24/7 model.

Moreover, 65 per cent "felt somehow anxious without their mobile phones by their side" and nine out of ten said they could not do without their phones. The volume may increase this year as the mobile Internet industry is booming in China.

5. Hearing loss

According to a research conducted by a Japanese biologist, if one keeps using a mobile phone for more than 3 hours a day, hearing loss risk will reach 12 per cent. The biologist believes that the loudspeaker embedded in the phone have a negative effect on people's hearing.

6. Phantom vibration syndrome

This is the belief that people's phone is vibrating or ringing when it's not.

7. Sleep texting

Some people are so fond of their smartphones that they actually send text messages while sleeping, said dailymail.co.uk.

8. Take selfie

"Selfies frequently trigger perceptions of self-indulgence or attention seeking social dependence that raises the damned-if-you-do and damned-if-you-don't specter of either narcissism or very low self-esteem," said Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Centre in Boston Massachusetts, in an article for Psychology Today.

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