Over 50% of us admit to being chemically addicted to our phones, and the rest just won't admit it!

Our smartphones have become our constant companions. But for many of us, this relationship has turned into into dependency. Phone addiction is a growing epidemic — affecting our mental health, productivity, and even our relationships.

What is Phone Addiction?

Phone addiction is the obsessive use of a smartphone. We become chemically addicted to the “cheap dopamine” we get from our phone when we interact with it thousands of times every day. On average, we:

  • Spend 4+ hours scrolling mindlessly [source]
  • Check our phones 300+ times [source]
  • Touch, tap, and scroll 2,500+ of times [source]

The Impact of Phone Addiction

Phone addiction can lead to short-term and long-term impacts on our physical and mental health, including:

  • Reduced sleep quality
  • Decreased attention span
  • Impact on creative thinking
  • Intensified symptoms of ADD and ADHD
  • Increased stress and anxiety
  • Lowered mental performance
  • Feelings of solitude and insecurity
  • Deterioration in personal relationships
  • Declining academic performance
  • Eye strain
  • Back pain
  • and more!

Phone Addiction Can Shrink Our Brain

Grey matter in the brain is linked to controlling movement, memory, and emotions. A recent study found that people with phone addiction had less grey matter in key areas, similar to drug addicts. This means their brain structure changed, affecting vital functions.

Signs and Symptoms of Phone Addiction:

  • Being dishonest about or hiding phone use
  • Concern from family or friends
  • Skipping or struggling with daily tasks due to phone use
  • Spending increasing amounts of time on the phone
  • Regularly checking the phone due to the need to be constantly connected
  • Experiencing accidents or neglecting safety because of phone distraction
  • Poor social interactions and feeling isolated
  • Frustration or irritation when unable to use the phone
  • Difficulty reducing phone use or feeling a strong need to have the device

Tips for Dealing With Phone Addiction

  • Group support (i.e. Internet and Tech Addicts Anonymous)
  • Turn your phone on airplane mode at night
  • Keep your phone in a different room
  • Put a hair tie around your phone to interrupt the mindless scroll
  • Use an app like Roots to set boundaries

How Roots Can Help:

The Roots app is designed to help reduce your phone screen time by 2+ hours every day, by:

  • Setting better intentions
  • Creating app limits you can't skip
  • Scheduling digital downtime
  • Tracking your daily balance score