Cigarettes and Smartphones

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See, I have a bad habit. I like to check my iPhone the second I wake up.

I kept the smartphone by my bed on the night table. But as a result, I became less rested, more anxious, and more stressed out.

I’m not alone. A whopping 54% of U.S. smartphone users said they check their phones while lying in bed; before they go to sleep, after they wake up, even in the middle of the night.

This compulsive habit reminds me of cigarette smoking.

See I used to smoke two packs a day for 13 years (I quit when I was 27). The cigarettes were the first thing I grabbed in the morning. Pretty disgusting, huh?

Recently, I started leaving my cell phone downstairs before turning in for the night. It’s been better. I’ll admit it, I turn it on as soon as I get downstairs, but at least my head gets to clear a bit beforehand.

Sex and Smartphones

It could be worse, I could be checking my smartphone during sex. Talk about ADD when you least need it!

Think that’s extreme?

12% of moms use their smartphone during sex, according to a recent survey.

Smartphones have cameras, but somehow I doubt that many of this population are that kinky. A perusal of the iPhone store shows their are plenty of sex apps, so there!

Of course, this brings to mind another cigarette habit…

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Do you struggle with smartphones pervading every single aspect of your life?


  • I’m trying to figure out where I fit in here…..I smoke – but never in the bedroom (well, not cigarettes, anyhow!) but I always leave my IPhone plugged in beside my coffee pot before I retire for the night. BUT, I’m online, (and smoking), the second that coffee’s brewed in the AM. My husband, however, smokes, *and* obsessively keeps his phone beside our bed, checking it in the middle of the night at times! Hmmmmm. Sex apps you say….? ;) All I know is that genetically speaking I have fairly healthy addictive tendencies – and if the worst of my worries is an online addiction (or even a few smokes) – I think I’m doing ok! xo, LB 

    •  Rutrow, sounds like someone is heading for the App store.  I am the same way with the coffee and the phone.  As soon as I get downstairs I am on it!

  • I used to be the same @Geoffliving:twitter but then after one of our iPod/radio docks broke, I found one that was made for Android phones. Since then, when I get home from work, the phone is dropped on the dock and mostly forgotten. 

    Perhaps the biggest turning point was seeing that I was fiddling away with something stupid when I should have been focusing more on my son or something else family related. Work and trends can wait, the little things can’t. 

    •  What a fortunate turn of events.  But I agree, I think about Soleil with this, and it’s no coincidence that the parents (@google-0d076bc1539de8aab0ddca39ed09b990:disqus  in the comment thread are picking up on this! Thanks for sharing this insight, Jeff!

  • I have worked very hard to train myself to leave it alone when home in the evenings and on the weekends. There are plenty of times I leave it in the home office at night so it’s not a temptation. My daughter and hubby are much more fun to play with versus checking the iPhone every few minutes. And with Emily growing up so fast, every moment counts! As the cliche goes, “your inbox will still be full when you die”. (Not trying to be morbid.)

    •  You are so right on this.  Soleil gets mad at me when she sees me with the phone. I really need to get your discipline!!!

  • No. Cheers! Kaarina 

  • My SGS2 doubles as my alarm clock, so it stays on the night stand. It’s also the first thing I do when I wake up. Now I feel dirty. Thanks.

    Yesterday, I had to stand by as a truck driver unloaded 32 pallets four at a time on the loading dock at work. He got several phone calls in that time – on a simple, Motorola flip phone of some sort. In a way, I was kind of jealous of his phone. 

    •  Hahahaha, hopefully you can feel dirty with someone else.  Old school phones do have their advantages, that’s for sure!

  • I have three problems that feed this habit. 

    1. My iPhone is my only phone, so just in case that horrible thing happens, I need to have my phone available.

    2. If I don’t answer my phone, people assume I have been abducted by aliens (sad but true)

    3. My iPhone is also my alarm clock, so it needs to be well within reach.

    These are all crutches of course. But um…well. 

  • My Android smokes a pack a day.

  • When I began to check the phone during dinner out with kidlet, I knew it was becoming a horrifying habit. Now, I leave it in the purse; there’s nothing I need to know during family time that can’t wait 20 minutes. 

    •  This is the best reason to conquer cell phone use in all aspects of life.  I need to really redouble my efforts.  Thanks for commenting, Soulati!

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  • Like you, I also check my phone in the middle of the night. There are a few people where I work that like to email in the middle of the night, so I’m usually on the lookout for them. It’s such a bad habit and usually prevents me from going back to sleep because I’m (sometimes) up worrying about it or at least thinking about it. I’d love to be able to say that I won’t do it, but that would be a complete lie. I would love to break that habit though…

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