Both a telephone, but also a diary, an alarm clock or even a distraction tool thanks to social networks, the smartphone fulfills different functions. To the point of generating anxiety by modifying and guiding certain of our behaviors. How do we know if our phone report shows anxiety? Let’s do a check in.
A true source of information, the cell phone has become an essential object for a large majority of people. To the point of sometimes generating a certain form of anxiety. We explain why and how to recognize the signs that show it.
Scrolling through social media
For information, social networks remain a source appreciated by many people, especially young people. Their principle boils down to scrolling – that is to say scrolling – a news feed or videos, with a simple movement of the thumb. When it remains occasional, during the day, it is normal. On the other hand, scrolling becomes pathological when it becomes invasive. This phenomenon is then called “doomscrolling”. We then seek to know more and more about a current subject that concerns us, for example, a sign of anxiety related to this subject. It can also be a way to escape a stressful reality, in your professional or personal life.
Using your phone as an escape
Anxious people, to avoid real-life social interaction, may use their phone fictitiously, pretending to answer a call or message. Using your phone to avoid getting to work can also be a sign. This allows us to avoid confronting the reality that awaits us.
Being dependent on your phone
Some people can’t do without their phone all day. Whether it’s during a family reunion or late at night, they constantly check their smartphone. This signals a harmful need and anxiety regarding your phone and possible notifications that you might miss.
Not being able to be without a phone, even for a few hours
In the same vein, people who have this special bond with the telephone mean that they cannot be deprived of it, even for a few hours. If you feel nervous or anxious at the idea of not having a phone for a few hours, due to a breakdown or forgetting, this shows a problematic relationship with the object.
Respond to notifications as quickly as possible
It is essential to know how to put distance between yourself and your phone, especially when working. Indeed, responding to a message can easily get us caught up. As for not responding, this too can generate a certain amount of anxiety. We can then fall into the fear of missing something (or FOMO in English for Fear of missing out).
In short: do not minimize the impact of the smartphone in our lives and the emotional influence it can have on us.