This social experiment conducted by Motorola about how smartphones have changed our life is very eye opening! I took the quiz which has ten questions about your relationship with your phone and then it gives you a score and summary of how you compare to other phone users. I got a level 4 – phonophile. There are five levels with one being the lowest (phonosapien) and five being the highest (phonatic). I’m slightly relieved that I’m not the worst when it comes to my phone but, I’m not that far away either.
There definitely needs to be a balance when using your phone and other electronic devices. Motorola is giving you some tips for better phone-life balance based on your score. Here are some of MY bad habits. I pay attention to ALL my notifications and scroll through social media almost non-stop but, I take mini breaks. I sleep with my phone next to me on my nightstand, I don’t put it on do not disturb or vibrate. I check my phone before I get out of bed in the morning and sometimes during the night.
I’m usually checking my phone during a lunch or dinner meeting and I keep it face up on the table always. I answer text messages and tweets and Facebook messages almost immediately. My phone occasionally goes to the restroom with me. I know… that’s probably the worst habit! Lol! All my notifications show up on my lock screen and I can swipe them away or open them depending on the importance. I get anxious if I don’t check my phone for a long period of time.
Let me not get started if I happen to misplace my phone! I feel like I’m missing a limb and can hardly function until it’s in my possession again. I have the Tile App on my phone to track my keys and it also can find my phone. Now, that you know all my bad habits let me share my Motorola summary. Phonophile – You and your phone. It started as a casual flirtation and blossomed into a romance. Now you could be sliding down that slippery slope to obsession. Your phone is never off!
At night it stays next to your bed. Whenever you find yourself alone for even a few seconds, you pull it out. You think you’re multitasking, but really, your multi-distracting. Often, you pick up your phone to check the time or weather, then find yourself lost in something else – without yet knowing the time or weather. Did seconds pass or minutes? Hard to say. What’s less hard to say is that your phone behavior is in danger of becoming automatic. That’s a phonophile in a nutshell!
If you want tips and information on how to improve your phone-life balance download the SPACE app.