Obsessed with internet dating
Addiction to social networking, dating apps, texting, and messaging can extend to the point where virtual, online friends become more important than real-life relationships.
We’ve all seen the couples sitting together in a coffee shop or restaurant ignoring each other and engaging with their smartphones instead.
While the Internet can be a great place to meet new people, reconnect with old friends, or even start romantic relationships, online relationships are not a healthy substitute for real life interactions.
Online friends tend to exist in a bubble, not subject to the same demands or stresses as messy real-world relationships.
The heavier the phone user, the greater the anxiety experienced. Using a smartphone for work often means work bleeds into your home and personal life.
You feel the pressure to always be on, never out of touch from work.
While you can experience these impulse-control problems with a laptop or even desktop computer, the size and convenience of smartphones and tablets means that we can take them just about anywhere and gratify our compulsions.
In fact, studies suggest that most of us are rarely ever more than five feet from our smartphones.
Users, especially teens, tend to compare themselves unfavorably with their peers on social media, promoting feelings of loneliness and depression. One researcher found that the mere presence of a phone in a work place tends to make people more anxious and perform poorly on given tasks.
Smartphone or Internet addiction can also negatively impact your life by: Increasing loneliness and depression.
While it may seem that losing yourself online will temporarily make feelings such as loneliness, depression, and boredom evaporate into thin air, it can actually make you feel even worse.
Compulsive stock trading or online shopping can be just as financially and socially damaging.
e Bay addicts may wake up at strange hours in order to be online for the last remaining minutes of an auction.