By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen
Tribune News Service.
Do you feel compelled to check email every 10 minutes? Or, do you compulsively text as you eat, wait for a movie to start, or sit at red lights?
If so, your laptop, smartphone, or tablet might be controlling more aspects of your life than you can imagine.
According to John O’Neill, director of addictions services for the Menninger Clinic in Houston, some people are as addicted to personal electronics as junkies are to drugs! He believes some individuals neglect relationships with other people because of over-focusing on gadgets.
Paying attention to what’s going on in your life is key. For instance, is your to-do list growing longer and longer? If so, you are failing to accomplish your tasks each day.
Focusing too much on your phone and other gadgets uses time you can never get back. It can affect your health as well.
“I used to work out intensely four nights a week,” says a man we’ll call Richard. “I still work out four nights a week, but by the time I check my phone every five minutes, my workouts are pretty weak.”
“When I started my new job as a sales rep, I was so addicted to contacting clients that I was still texting when the curtain rose on my daughter’s ballet recital,” says a friend of ours we’ll call Mary. “My daughter could see me with my head down.”
Rudeness toward other people caused by interacting with gadgets is very real. Your significant other, children, and business associates can feel slighted by your need to look away at a screen.
“I’m from a small town in Tennessee, and I saw a really weird thing,” says a friend of ours. “I was driving through our business area, and I saw a man riding a horse downtown and texting!”