- You Constantly Think About Work
If checking your phone incessantly because of work is affecting your health (physically and physiologically), it is definitely time to take a step back. Even if you have an extremely demanding job, taking a break isn’t going to bring about the end of the world. It’s more important to take time occasionally to reprioritise, refocus, and recharge so that you don’t burn out too quickly at your job.
2. You Constantly Check Your Smartphone
Your phone is probably the last thing you look at before you go to bed and the first thing you reach for when you wake up. While it’s fair to say your phone is also your alarm and inevitably the first thing you pick up in the mornings, what justifies being unable to put it down until you’re about to sleep?
3. You’re Connecting Less With People
Can’t remember the last time you sat down and had a talk with your parents? Or even a discussion with your partner about more than just how your day was? Being hooked to our phones might connect us to thousands of other people online, but it takes you away from the people who are by your side.
4. You’re Not Aware of The Things Happening Around You
How many times have you seen someone hog a seat on the bus or train, even when there’s someone who needs it more standing right in front of them? Everyone is too busy looking down at their phones to look up at what’s going on around them.
5. You Feel Like There’s Not Enough Time
Do you ever feel like you’re losing track of time and the hours just fly by? It’s all too easy to get sucked into the vortex that is Youtube and endless scrolling through Facebook. Social media and the Internet can be a serious time-suck. There just seems like so much to catch up on constantly, and anyone with a fear of missing out is likely to dedicate their waking hours to being digitally connected.
6. You Feel Disconnected
The biggest and probably most telling sign of all that you need to unplug and reconnect with the people around you? Feeling lonely. It doesn’t mean that you’ve got no one around you, but more that you’ve become so disconnected from your family and friends that you’ve got no one left who has a significant and regular presence in your life. Sure, you’ve got your TV shows and social media, but none of it can replace genuine human interaction.
Text: Alyssa Dhaliwal/HerWorldPlus
Additional Reporting: Atika Lim