I'm probably the last person on the planet to scold anyone on their addiction to their phone. That being said, I've come to a turning point. A place in time where I can see the enormous destruction this tiny device can create in my marriage, my friendships, and worst of all… my character.

Research shows that 73% of Americans feel “panicked” if they are away from their phone. To go even further, 14% of them say they feel “desperate”. Now before you judge, let's focus inward for a moment. Do you check your phone at the national average of every 5.6 minutes? Do you constantly pat your pockets or grab for your purse to be sure you're phone is safely with you?

The reality is, our phones have become more than phones. My good friend Jarrid Wilson beautifully stated, “We must bring our phone back to being an accessory, not a priority.”

As an entrepreneur, I've sat at the dinner table with celebrities, billionaires, investors, fathers, and even pastors. I've watched them disregard the human directly in front of them to communicate with someone who is obviously more important. They lack the present. They live in the future. And worst of all, they don't truly value people.

My good friend Propaganda performed this INCREDIBLE spoken word on the power of our greatest distraction. He calls it “Be Present”

Within seconds you'll be drawn in. By 1:15 you'll take a deep breath of conviction. By 3:45 you'll feel the motivation of change in your veins. By the end, you'll sit for a moment, goosebumps and all, trying to figure out if you're really capable, of being present.

How did this video make you feel? Did it touch you? Are you addicted to your phone? Tell me your biggest struggle in the comments below.

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36 thoughts on “5 Signs Your Phone is Literally Killing You

  1. Sara says:

    love, Love, LOVE this!!! I myself ‘divorced’ my smart phone & went back to a basic phone about a year ago and as pathetic as it sounds, it was LIBERATING! Life hasn’t fallen apart and the world hasn’t ended since I did and now I don’t even remember why I needed it so badly! If you’ve got a computer AT HOME, you’ve got all you need 🙂

  2. joy stclaire says:

    Wow. I am not obsessed with my phone, but this makes me more aware of NOT becoming too attached – living in the present – truly being here & now. I am ending a relationship because the guy is always “putting out fires” – running from thing to thing. It hit me when Propaganda said his Dad realized he was too focused on the bombs that had gone off behind him & winning the war in the future – wow.

  3. Marlene says:

    Sad as it may be I feel a sense of urgency every time my cell rings. I can not imagine being without my cell.

  4. Masherri says:

    Ithe sense of urgency when I miss a call or how I would run to my phone if it rings but have a problem running for my health.

  5. Andi ParkerKimbrough says:

    Just yesterday I took a conference call while at the barber shop getting my son’s hair cut. The result, he got a terrible haircut because mom was too distracted to intervene. Mommy multitasking fail.

  6. Amelia Huddersfield says:

    My biggest struggle is my work! I need to be accessible so I can do my job. The anxiety I have being away from my phone is people thinking I’m hindering them from doing their job when I don’t respond. My phone allows for me to quickly respond to emails and texts, which is super convenient when I’m away from a computer. It also means that I won’t have a pile of emails to return to if I respond right away, rather than leaving my phone off for an hour. It’s not that I can’t be social with human beings, I don’t use my phone as a crutch, I’m even perfectly happy being alone and not needing a screen in front of me to “look like I’m doing something important.” Its that I rely on my phone to get work done and communicate efficiently.

    I do agree about being present. I get really upset when my boyfriend is on his phone when I’m with him. But I also respect the fact that we have to be present for our jobs, as well. It’s a tough balance because I don’t want to be rude by being on my phone in front of others, but again, its my responsibility to my job to be accessible.

    There is a time and place to have your phone out, and a time to just leave it in the car. You have to be able to judge those moments.

  7. DawnF says:

    Be. Present. Now. Put down the electronic device and turn to your loved ones and express your love NOW. You may not get another chance. I think of a dear family I know ~ one who lost their wife and mother too young to cancer. No second chances. No tomorrows. Be. Present. Now.

  8. dyani says:

    I’m disappointed that this article’s Pinterest photo has a huge sad spelling error. But what a refreshing article!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      They are mentioned in the video. I should have listed them below. I will on future articles. Sorry about that.

  9. #1 Fan says:

    When I first got my iPhone, I instantly got addicted to Facebook. I got very depressed because my friends were having a more enjoyable life than I was. It affected my work, my relationships, I got bitter. Reading Romance Novels or watching too much TV can do it, too. When I actually met up with these old classmates, they had more personal problems than I did. I learned to stay in the moment as much as possible. It’s hard sometimes because the present isn’t always comfortable. But it’s worth the peace of mind once you embrace reality.

  10. christopher_stevenson says:

    Speakers having self-awareness or ‘wake-up’ messages like this would do well to use more poetic passion as Propaganda so clearly does. And he personalized it so well.

    A few days ago I walked through a large strip-mall parking lot; a short walk from my car to get a coffee. In that round trip of 10 minutes I counted nine people immersed in their screens. NINE. Some sitting in their cars, some walking, some in the coffee shop.

    It saddened me how many personal experiences and real-life interactions were not taking place as a result. Maybe they don’t think about it. Maybe they don’t care. I don’t know.

    I only know to leave my phone in the car when running errands. Always.

  11. Hannah Bentley says:

    Wow. “And only when you lose her do you appreciate her,” so true. Nothing like the feeling of lost time. This was very moving, thanks for sharing.

    “Her presence is God’s present.” Amen.

  12. Maggy says:

    15years ago, we did not have mobile phones. I still use the same method to reply to work related phonecalls on my mobile. Never pick up the phone immediately, ask people who contact you to leave a voicemail message, when it’s an urgent question. Reserve a specific time slot, to answer these messages.
    It gives a better quality, solving the work related calls, reduces stress level, AND gives you more quality to live in the moment.
    The bussiness is still running great and my private time has a “high” quality – living with full awareness – in the moment. It’s not the quantity, it’s all about quality!

  13. Rebecca H. says:

    I swore I wouldn’t get a smartphone until I absolutely had to. I stuck with it with my “unintelligent” phone for a long time, and I had a laptop so I had portable internet access for school and work – that’s all I needed, right? I was getting along perfectly without one, and was even proud of the fact that I didn’t have this crutch that ruins so many of my generation.
    Well, my unintelligent phone broke. It was nearly the same price to upgrade to a smartphone as to get another flip phone – they do that to you on purpose. So…I took the plunge.
    I’ve had it for less than a month, and I’m fair ashamed of how much time I’ve spent on it, and how many personal interactions I’ve brushed off for the sake of it. They’re like little black holes for your attention. I’ve had to be VERY conscious of how much I use it, because it’s very hard to not become addicted.

    • Elska_ says:

      It’s really cool that you’re aware you’re doing this! Most people deny they do that at all….

  14. Elska_ says:

    I switched to a basic phone last year because of money issues. but it benefited me greatly…the only thing that inconveniences me is a GPS, which is not an issue since I bought an external one for my car. But i started to notice how many people had their faces in their phones after that! It’s super ridiculous! It was well-put by my brother the other day: “I should only be using my phone as a phone.” Now it’s a toy.

    • Amanda Jackson says:

      I had the same thing happen when I lost my iPhone like seven or eight months ago. Best mistake I’ve ever made.

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