It’s easy to spend hours on a smartphone or tablet engaging in fantasies impossible in real life.
Excessive use of sex and dating apps that facilitate casual sex can make it more difficult to develop long-term intimate relationships or damage an existing relationship.
The heavier the phone user, the greater the anxiety experienced. Using a smartphone for work often means work bleeds into your home and personal life.
You feel the pressure to always be on, never out of touch from work.
Smartphones, tablets, or the Internet can be addictive because their use, just like the use of drugs and alcohol, can trigger the release of the brain chemical dopamine and alter mood.
And just like using drugs and alcohol, you can rapidly build up tolerance so that it takes more and more time in front of these screens to derive the same pleasurable reward.
While a smartphone, tablet, or computer can be a hugely productive tool, compulsive use of these devices can interfere with your daily life, work, and relationships.
While gambling addiction has been a well-documented problem for years, the availability of Internet gambling has made gambling far more accessible.
While you can experience these impulse-control problems with a laptop or even desktop computer, the size and convenience of smartphones and tablets means that we can take them just about anywhere and gratify our compulsions.
In fact, studies suggest that most of us are rarely ever more than five feet from our smartphones.
Many people admit to regularly using them in theaters, while driving, during religious services, business meetings, kids’ school performances, in the shower, and even during sex.
So what causes our obsession with these always-connected devices?