By Phineas Rop

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-12-44-01-pmIf you’re just like me then your phone is everything to you and a day without it feel like an eternity. Scientists have discovered that phones are actually addicting. I’m going to ask you a series of questions and if you answer yes to all of the following, you may be addicted to your phone.

1. When you check your phone to see the current temperature instead of opening a window, and/or when you check your phone to see the current time instead of looking at the watch that’s right on your wrist.

2. You drop your phone on your face because you’re dozing off.

3 The first thing you do after getting up in the morning, and the last thing you do before going to sleep at night, is check your phone

4. You spend more time on your phone during a vacation than anything else.

5. You feel your phone vibrate just to find out later that it was a false alarm.

6. You’re on your phone even while watching TV or eating food.

7. You procrastinate on important work with your phone

8. You have a panic attack if you leave your phone at home.

9. You have your phone in your hand or by your side 24/7.

10. You can wipe out your phone faster than a draw in a western movie.

Many people forget that everything in life comes at a risk. Some risks include eye strain, neck problems, sleep disorders, anxiety and relationship problems. Dr. Patrick Lang, a San Francisco hand surgeon, describes cell phones to be an “epidemic.” Fear not, there are little things you can do to help stop this epidemic. Small things, like hold you phone higher to your face or looking up every once a in a while, standing up and stretch every once in while. Sitting straight up can reduce physical stress on the body. Headaches, neck pain and back pain can be lessened when the body maintains a good upright position.