My name is Candace and I’m a smartphone addict. At least I think I am. I was looking for a serious quiz or checklist for smartphone addiction, but I couldn’t find one. My symptoms: I check Facebook before I get out of bed in the morning – and sometimes if I wake in the night. I have multiple games of “Words with Friends” going at any given moment. If I click to check email and there is none, I refresh just to make sure. I am tempted to check my phone when stopped at stoplights and when waiting for a video to load at the office.

Today was Day 1 of making an effort to break my iPhone addiction. In an attempt to sleep better and be less connected, I said goodnight to my phone and left it on the dining table while I retreated to my bed. I made sure the ringer was on and the alarm was set correctly. I’d have to get out of bed to turn it off, but I couldn’t just reach over and check for email just one more time after reading but before falling asleep.

At work, I left the phone in my purse on vibrate. I took it out a couple times to look at it when things were slow, but it wasn’t on my desk, tempting me all day. When I got home from work, I checked it again, then left it on the table while I sat outside on the deck and read two whole chapters of “Supreme Conflict.”

I’m proud to announce that I survived! I slept soundly all night. When I woke up before my alarm went off this morning, I was tempted to get up and retrieve my phone, but instead stretched out in bed and enjoyed the solitude. A few minutes later the alarm went off, giving me permission to lavish attention on the phone again. I wasn’t distracted by it at all at the office. I think I even concentrated better on my work. It felt really good to read a real book, too.

Tonight the phone will sleep on the table again.

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