Are you addicted to your smartphone?

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Research by internet security specialists Kaspersky Lab reveals just how obsessed we are with our very clever devices....

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Let's face it; it's not hard to become reliant on a smartphone, but many experts are worried that we're becoming obsessed with them. New research by internet security specialists, Kaspersky Lab, reveals that 22% of people can't go to bed without their phone. Weird, right?

Experts fear that our digital interactions and connections will eventually surpass our face-to-face meetings with friends and colleagues.

Signs that prove you're addicted to your smartphone


Your phone is on 24/7 (40% of phone owners never turn their device off)

You check your phone when you wake up in the night

You do internet-based tasks on your phone while sat at the computer

You play on your phone in areas of low or no-signal like the London underground

You send texts while walking down the street

You get anxious when there's a text that needs to be answered

You feel compelled to make calls in quiet places

You make personal calls on your mobile at work

You use your phone in the toilet or bathroom

You use your phone to avoid seeing someone face-to-face

You shun the television and radio in favour of your phone 

How to beat your smartphone addiction


Turn it off: Try and power-off your device at night and during evening meals so you can focus on family, friends and yourself.

Keep it hidden: When you're on the bus, tube or train try and keep your phone in your bag and read a book or magazine instead. Showing off your gadgets in public can be an invitation to thieves, so be aware of your phone usage in public.

Make your bedroom a phone-free zone and delete unnecessary apps like Facebook and Twitter

Use a traditional diary rather than the diary function on your phone: Don't rely on your phone to organise your life, you can do that by yourself.

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