What really happens when you stare at your phone all day
If you ask anyone these days to name one thing they can't live without, their cell phone would probably top the list. If you're anything like me, the sheer act of reaching around a giant purse without immediately grabbing ahold of your precious smartphone is the easiest way to go straight into panic mode. That's because, thanks to good ol' technology, most of us have become completely addicted to our phones, relying on them for everything from ordering take-out to staying in touch of with our BFFs.
"So many people are addicted to their phones because they provide us with instant feedback and instant gratification," Tom Kersting, psychotherapist and author of the book Disconnected: How to Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids, told me in an interview. "Want to know the weather forecast? Okay. Need to know the name of that actor from that movie? No problem. Want to talk to your uncle in California? Okay, no problem. Because we rely on them for just about everything, when we don't have them we go into withdrawal."
But besides making us majorly needy, smartphone separation anxiety can actually have a slew of other negative side effects, according to the experts I spoke to. Here are ten things that happen when you stare at your phone all day.