IT Management Slideshow: Smartphone Addiction: Nine Telltale Signs

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-22-2011

Driving Under the Influence

You use a smartphone while behind the wheel -- the equivalent of a DUI, Durvasula cautions.

Driving Under the Influence

Time Management

No matter what time limitations you place on using the device, you always spend longer periods on it than intended.

Time Management

Divine Intervention

Friends, family members routinely call attention to your perpetual "smartphone prayer" position - attending to your device during dinner, lunches, social events, etc.

Divine Intervention

Withdrawal Symptoms

You crave your smartphone when you can't have it --during a meeting, for example -- and it distracts your focus from matters at hand.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Keeping Score

You text so much about your kid's soccer game while it's happening that you miss significant chunks of the game itself.

Keeping Score

Constant Companion

The smartphone goes wherever you go -- to the gym, the bathroom, in bed, etc.

Constant Companion

High Anxiety

You feel an immediate sense of panic or helplessness when you temporarily lose your device.

High Anxiety

Always On

Checking your smartphone is the last thing you do at night and the first thing you do in the morning.

Always On

Personal Failings

You post everything you do to Facebook, Twitter, etc. - to the point where your actual human interaction is minimal.

Personal Failings