Do you ever wonder if you’re too attached to your phone? Are you more interested in checking that new text than listening to your loved one? Some of us are more attached to our phones and technology than others. The more we engage on social media and sit behind our screens, the more likely we are to develop anxiety, depression, and lead a sedentary life. It’s interesting to know how being attached to your phone can take such a toll on our bodies.

So – do you think you’re too attached to your phone? Can you put it down? For how long? Take the quiz to find out!

  1. 1 When you first wake up in the morning, you

    1. Search for your phone in your blankets - you remember cradling it at some point in the middle of the night
    2. Reach for it on the corner of your nightstand and scroll through all of the notifications - this often makes you late getting out of bed
    3. Get up and get ready for the day - your phone is in a different room, or across your bedroom, so you figure you can look at it when you're fully awake and you've finished your morning routine
    4. Leave your phone on your nightstand all night - it's a great alarm clock!
  2. 2 You're out with a friend, on a date, at school, at work, or at a class of some sort when you hear your phone vibrate - you

    1. look down at your phone - it was never put away, anyway. You inconspicuously open the notification and try to either respond, or engage
    2. glance at your phone and open the notification, but slowly put the phone away or lock it. You can respond in a few minutes
    3. Pull your phone out of your pocket/backpack/bag, look at the notification on the screen, and then put it away. Just a quick check!
    4. don't actually feel your phone vibrate - you're too busy participating in whatever you're doing / feel the phone vibrate, but forget about it until later
  3. 3 When you realized you've left your phone at home, you

    1. Ha! That would never happen - it's always in your hand or in your pocket
    2. Panic and turn around right away - you can be a little late. You can't possibly be without your phone all day
    3. Panic a little, but decide you don't really need it at work/ school/ your destination. You feel a little bare without it, but you'll be okay - you think
    4. May not even notice - you've done this many times before and don't feel too weird without it
  4. 4 On average, you spend up to how many hours per day on your technology

    1. About 4-6 hours a day
    2. About 2-4 hours a day
    3. About 1-2 hours a day
    4. Less than 1 on average
  5. 5 When it comes time to go to bed, you

    1. Usually fall asleep reading something on the phone and wake up cradling it. If you're wide awake again, you'll check emails and other apps until you fall asleep again
    2. Fall asleep either reading something, or scrolling through an app - but you place the phone on your nightstand when you wake up in the middle of the night. It's too late to check anything
    3. Head to bed - maybe read a couple of posts, then put the phone down. You need to rest your eyes and brain before heading to sleep
    4. You check to be sure that you haven't missed anything important from friends or family before silencing your phone and heading to sleep - you don't need anything disturbing your rest
  6. 6 You post online

    1. 15+ times a week in a single app (but visit and post to many different apps as well)
    2. 10+ times a week in a single app (but visit and post to more than two apps)
    3. 5+ times a week to various apps a week
    4. not too often - you scroll through your feed every now and then just to see what's going on and then put the phone down - you don't have much to say online, anyway
  7. 7 During a conversation you often

    1. misunderstand, not hear, or miss the conversation completely
    2. miss chunks of the conversation and ask for remarks and phrases to be repeated
    3. Glance at your phone every now and then, but can engage in the conversation pretty well - you may miss a couple of things here and there
    4. are totally engaged and carrying on the conversation

Quiz: Are You Too Attached To Your Phone?

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    There's a good chance that you sleep with your phone - almost like a kid cradling his/her favorite plush. You spend more time looking at the screen than at anything else and most of your engagement is through media and text. 

    Look up! Too much technology is terrible for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Sitting around on the phone/laptop/tablet can lead to a permanently sedentary life. It also stunts emotional and social growth and can cause anxiety and depression. 

    Take a break from all of that screen time and enjoy some fresh air. Meet people at a cafe. Talk a walk around your neighborhood. But keep the phone away. 

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    In A Tech Trance

    You don't really sleep with your phone, but it's on the bedside table all night, waiting for you to wake up and scroll through social media. During the day, you're very much aware of all of the notifications and either stop what you're doing to look at them, or can't stop thinking about what they may be until you can look at them. So, while you're not totally attached, it's still disrupting your day. 

    Too much technology is terrible for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Sitting around on the phone/laptop/tablet can lead to a permanently sedentary life. It also stunts emotional and social growth and can cause anxiety and depression. 

    Take a break from all of that screen time and enjoy some fresh air. Meet people at a cafe. Talk a walk around your neighborhood. But keep the phone away.

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    Not Too Attached

    You can go for a while without checking your phone - you know there are notifications, but you also know you can make it until lunch time or until you finish your chores to take a peek. But still, a lot of your free time is spent online, decreasing your engagement with your friends and family. 

    Too much technology is terrible for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Sitting around on the phone/laptop/tablet can lead to a permanently sedentary life. It also stunts emotional and social growth and can cause anxiety and depression. 

    Take a break from all of that screen time and enjoy some fresh air. Meet people at a cafe. Talk a walk around your neighborhood. But keep the phone away.

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    Detached And Free

    You often see the zombies wandering around outside, their eyes stuck to the phone screens. But you're free and able to go a full day without looking at your phone - unless necessary. Heck, sometimes you even forget your phone at home or the office! You know plenty of people who would break into a cold sweat if they'd done the same. 

    Too much technology is terrible for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Sitting around on the phone/laptop/tablet can lead to a permanently sedentary life. It also stunts emotional and social growth and can cause anxiety and depression. 

    It's important to take a break from all of that screen time and enjoy some fresh air. And you're doing a great job at it! Maybe some of your friends will follow your lead - one day. 

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Samantha Curreli
Samantha Curreli is a staff writer at Reach Out Recovery. Sam is also a graduate of Arcadia University's MFA in Creative Writing Program and a freelance journalist for New Jersey music magazine, The Aquarian Weekly. She has had multiple pieces of fiction published in literary magazines and short story anthologies.

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