Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone? Take the Quiz!

Written By Syreeta Martin
Category: Mobile Health

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It’s no secret that kids are the greatest observers of social cues and human interactions.

The molding of their minds, habits, and perspectives start long before they step foot in a daycare or classroom. It starts in our homes with the verbal and nonverbal cues that we give them about what’s healthy and what’s not.

In the 21st century, it starts with how often we choose to make an intentional effort to look up from our smartphones, put them down and be present in what’s happening in the moment.

According to Highlights magazine State of the Kid survey results:

  • 62% of kids think parents are too distracted to listen when they’re attempting to talk to us
  • Technology, (cell phones, laptops and TVs) accounted for 51% of those “distractions”

Given that a study by Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of Americans have smartphones and 46% say they couldn't live without it, it's pretty safe to say our kids are right.

With that said, I’ll be the first to admit that while being “tapped into tech” is a vital requirement for my professional life, my kids and I could definitely benefit from me putting down the phone and focusing a little more.

While their TV and tech time is closely monitored and limited, most times mine isn’t. 

Which raises the question: if we’re holding our kids accountable for these expectations, how willing are we to be held accountable by them for the same?

I’m a firm believer that the relationship between the parent and the child is one that is strengthened when open and honest communication, as well as accountability, can be found on both sides.

Take the Smartphone Addiction Quiz

Find out if you're addicted to your smart phone by answering a few simple questions.

1. How likely is your kid to see you using or checking your smartphone less than 1 hour before departing from your presence on a daily basis (i.e. mornings before school)?

a. Highly likely 

b. Somewhat likely 

c. Not likely at all

2. How likely are they to see you using or checking your smartphone less than 1 hour after returning to the house or being back in a space with you?

a. Highly likely 

b. Somewhat likely 

c. Not likely at all

3. How likely are they to see you using or checking your smartphone at least 3 times within an hour when in your presence or a shared space?

a. Highly likely 

b. Somewhat likely 

c. Not likely at all

4. How likely are they to have to repeat themselves, seek attention or say “nevermind” as a result of you being on your smartphone?

a. Highly likely 

b. Somewhat likely 

c. Not likely at all

 

What Are Your Results?

Mostly A’s:
You should take a step back from the device and give full attention to your kids.


Mostly B’s:
Take a look at your overall digital habits and make an effort to improve where you can.


Mostly C’s:
You have a good balance between the world and your smartphone.

 

Need more tips? Read How to Detox From Your Social Media Addiction.

 

About Syreeta Martin

Sincerely Syreeta is the mother of two daughters who remind her to Empathize, Empower, and EVOLVE every day. She is a freelance journalist, talk show host, life coach, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur based out of Philadelphia, PA.

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