IT Management Slideshow: Smartphone Addiction: Nine Telltale SignsBy 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.
No matter what time limitations you place on using the device, you always spend longer periods on it than intended.
Friends, family members routinely call attention to your perpetual "smartphone prayer" position - attending to your device during dinner, lunches, social events, etc.
You crave your smartphone when you can't have it --during a meeting, for example -- and it distracts your focus from matters at hand.
You text so much about your kid's soccer game while it's happening that you miss significant chunks of the game itself.
The smartphone goes wherever you go -- to the gym, the bathroom, in bed, etc.
You feel an immediate sense of panic or helplessness when you temporarily lose your device.
Checking your smartphone is the last thing you do at night and the first thing you do in the morning.
You post everything you do to Facebook, Twitter, etc. - to the point where your actual human interaction is minimal.