While eating, walking, driving or attending social gatherings chat endlessly on your mobile?

Caution: this may be the symptom of an addiction to the use of smartphones the same or worse than drugs or alcohol, warns Minervala Cazares, Mexican psychologist and expert on addictions.

addiction to smartphones

Cazares said that addiction to smartphones may be more risky because it is a socially accepted behavior, not only shows the status of power, but it costs more the individual recognize his problem. While these phones are a useful tool that promotes productivity, excessive use can impair interpersonal relationships affect academic and job performance and even cause accidents.

How to know if I’m addicted to these phones

A behavior is addictive when carried out with greater intensity or frequency that the average population.This sign must be added the anguish of withdrawal for consumption, ie, running out of battery or without minutes and not have signal or not to use the phone (cinema, theater, church) can generate anxiety disorders in the user, desperately seeks to regain communication.

So addicted acts…

The first and last thing in the day is to review the cell and tends to use it in unusual places such as bathrooms, high traffic fail to read messages and reply, bring it on hand all the time and pressed, compulsively to see if the keys sounded, not off the phone to anyone touch him, has the false feeling that rings or vibrates, and can not imagine a day without this device.

What contributes to the addiction?

Peer pressure is a key factor: the need for acceptance, appear to be important and have a high sociability as a very demanding job that requires you to be available forever. As for the social, low ability to interact face-face promotes addiction virtually, ie, the person prefers to be “connected” to live with others.

How it affects life

In the academic and professional level, this type of addiction leads to loss of valuable time and mistakes by the lack of concentration on the task, increase family problems, discussions and infidelities; problems are exacerbated as stress, sleep disturbances and joint and vision problems.

Tips to prevent addiction

1. Decide times and places that are “disconnected” from these devices: desentiéndase out of the post office and only use the phone, then turn it off at 11 pm (that reduces the need to be available all the time).

2. Establish activities in which the use of these phones are incompatible; exercise (swimming, for example), is one.

3. Aim small lapses without the phone to combat the idea that “if I’m not out anything can happen.”‘ll Find, over that time, nothing happened.

The use of cell affects attention

A study published in New England Journal of Medicine suggested that prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving as a safety and public health.According to the Security Council of the United States, 28 percent of traffic accidents in the country (1.6 million annually) involve the use of cell phones.Jobs, cited by the same publication, found that texting while driving increases 23 times the risk of accidents of this kind. Research in ‘Science’; found that the brain’s ability to do more than two things at once is limited.