Do you reach for your phone at the merest opportunity?
Walk into a lift – phone. In a queue – phone. In a traffic jam – ahem.
And, when you reach for your phone, what’s your motivation?
For me, the honest answer’s typically “because it’s there”.
Have you ever tried leaving your phone untouched, unless you actually get a call or a message? It’s painful, right? The allure is so strong.
How about deliberately leaving your phone at home when you go out for a walk? Unthinkable.
Our phone has become our shield from the physical world – our pacifier, our safety net, and our way of avoiding boredom, introspection, or simply other people. Also a way to get that all-too-tempting dopamine hit – the ‘reward’ of just checking.