I’m Addicted to My iPhone


Our guest blogger this week is, Minda Brown Jaramillo, from Cleveland, Ohio.  She recently moved back there after spending 10 years in the Southwest.  She has been employed as a Licensed Independent Social Worker for the past 26 years and is currently managing programs for Women in Recovery.  She enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and movies.  She has been married for 15 years and has two dogs.

I think I’m addicted to my iPhone.  After 2 Droids (the original and its upgrade), I was really tired of spending money on something I wasn’t satisfied with.  I’m amazed by my iPhone’s speed, accuracy, and how the touch screen for texting is so right on.  I also love the general easiness of its functionality.

Using my iPhone

How do I know I may be addicted?  I am a licensed clinical social worker and work with addicts on a daily basis. In order to be diagnosed, there is a little book called the DSM IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders that provides clues as to whether you meet criteria for this.  Although I don’t believe in labeling people, it does give one a good point of departure to work from.  Here’s a sample of some of the questions the book asks regarding addiction: “A maladaptive pattern of use leading to significant impairment or distress manifested by three of the following in a 12 year period:

1. Have you gone through withdrawal?  Wow…I don’t know yet because I’m never without my phone.  I can only surmise that I would go through withdrawal or, at the very least, panic if I did not have it.

2. Have you build up a tolerance? Hmmm….well, I guess since a phone is nothing I can ingest orally or through injection to determine if I’ve built up a tolerance; I can determine that I use it more than I used to, not to mention others have told me the same thing.

3. Have I given up important activities or relationships that I would normally participate in or a failure to fulfill normal obligations? Well, I think I’m safe with this one.  I wouldn’t stay home to be with my iPhone. I’d just take it with me.

4. Have I suffered any consequences, legal or otherwise due to using my phone?  I don’t think so, although again, I am conscious to not text while driving.  However, I will look to see if I’ve received any emails.  I do have to be careful while in business meetings to not focus on my iPhone.

5. Is there a great amount of time spent trying to get to my phone?  Well again, I’m really never without it.

6. Have I suffered a physical or psychological disturbance that is exacerbated by its use? No, I can honestly say I have not.

7. So the good news for me is (according to the DSM IV book) since I haven’t had my iPhone for a 12 month period, I’m in the clear – at least until the new iPhone comes out in September which is supposed to rival all other phones on the market.

Check with me a year from now and it may be an entirely different story.

No Signs of Recovery!





5 thoughts on “I’m Addicted to My iPhone

  1. Yes, it’s all true abut the bad vibes (literally). However, I’m choosing to ignore it and hoping for the best. No denial here.

  2. I also have the feeling that cell phones, and now the smart phones that everyone carries (really, mini-computers) are really not good for us. It’s interesting that no one really talks about the fact that there is a reading on how much of this electromagnetic each cell phone has online, but none of the cell phone people know about it. In Europe, the ratings are so much lower…because people are actually concerned. Oh well. Gotta keep up with technology right? Interesting that a lot more people that I meet, especially the young ones, who are not into keeping up. It makes me happy.

  3. Something else to explore is the radioactive electromagnetic damage… blah blah blah that is bombarding all of us, supposedly causing seizures to more fragile brain structures… There are countries around the world that has documented this damage. Not ours of course. Too much profit structure.

  4. Yes,the cost is an issue but my company does reimburse some of that for me since I use it quite a bit for work. I also am very inquisitive about technology. I see how much of a help it is to me for work and how I can keep all my information in one place without carrying around a large planner as well as being able to back it up on my laptop. It works for me. My father had a cell he used only to call his out of town children and grandchildren and it worked perfectly for him. No fuss and no gadgets. I say…whatever works for you!

  5. My question is not just the addiction but the cost of your phone. Unless your company pay’s your phone bill the cost of new phones is quite expensive – especially for people like us on a budget with a fixed income. We are retired and only got a cell phone because all our children live on the East coast. We had 1 phone since 2000 and just got 2 phones via the senior plan a year ago. It’s plain, big numbers, no text, no email…NO extras. Guess that is because I worked for the phone company and answered the phones all the time. Retired and not addicted to a phone – can’t afford all that jazz!

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