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Top 5 Signs You're a Smartphone Addict

Do you love your smartphone? Like, rilly, rilly love it?

Is it such a part of your identity that, if it spirals out of your hand on the subway platform, you seriously consider leaping onto the tracks to save it? Do you fly into a blind panic if just a few small droplets of liquid fall on the screen? Do you prefer playing Candy Crush to interacting with the other alleged humans on public transportation?

If you answered "yes" to any of these, congratulations, you're terrible. But keep calm and stop texting, because you're not alone. In fact, the transition from a Normal, Observant Person to a Self-Involved, Headphone Wearing, Brunch Instagramming, Constantly Texting Monster happens to almost every smartphone user at some point in their life.

"But how do I know how horrible I really am?" you wail to your only real friend.

Well, even Siri can't answer that one, but Light Reading can help with a handy little test. Below are the top five examples of smartphone idiocy, complete with a points system. Add up your points at the end to find out just how far gone you are.

Click on the image to start the slideshow:

You Take Your Phone With You to the Dinner Table
Everything is SO IMPORTANT that you CAN'T POSSIBLY leave your PHONE for TWENTY MINUTES while you sit down with your family to enjoy a nice meal. WHAT IF SOMEONE CALLS?! WHAT IF SOMEONE TWEETS?! 
(1 POINT)
Everything is SO IMPORTANT that you CAN'T POSSIBLY leave your PHONE for TWENTY MINUTES while you sit down with your family to enjoy a nice meal. WHAT IF SOMEONE CALLS?! WHAT IF SOMEONE TWEETS?!
(1 POINT)

— Jessica DiGiacinto, special to Light Reading

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speedo1456 7/21/2014 | 7:27:31 AM
Not yet I am a non phone user, so not an addict yet. But the Nokia Lumia Windows phone could make a addict out of me. I can not fall in love with a Android phone I read to much stuff that i don't like about those phones like you can read here also the camera in the Lumia is incredible 20 even 42 megapixels. I know there are apps for the Androids that can do a lot improving the camera quality.
mendyk 1/13/2014 | 12:58:02 PM
Shovel it down A "nice meal" in "twenty minutes" -- talk about lowering the bar on nondevice social interaction.
Phil_Britt 1/13/2014 | 10:46:15 AM
Re: Everyone one is Addicted Have to disagree. There are still a few of us dinosaurs out there who have smart phones but still use them primarily as phones, and even leave them behind once in a while (for short periods) to have the peace and quiet of being untethered. Yes, we are few and far between. But not everyone is addicted yet.
anon0001020045 1/13/2014 | 7:38:33 AM
Everyone one is Addicted Everyone is smart phone addicted in today's life. smart phone proivdes so many great features that every person wants to keep it with them as much as possible.
kaop 9/1/2013 | 4:33:03 PM
Re: Addiction needs treatment You're holding it wrong!
kaop 9/1/2013 | 4:31:13 PM
Re: Addiction needs treatment The Galaxy Mega isn't big enough!  My next phone will be iPad Mini 2 with cellular.  Apple, are you listening?
pzernik 8/30/2013 | 11:25:20 AM
Re: Addiction needs treatment waiting for it to ring is my guess.
Sarah Thomas 8/30/2013 | 11:23:26 AM
Re: Addiction needs treatment Whoops! My bad again...I should've known my Google search for "man riding cell phone" could be interpreted different ways.
Sarah Thomas 8/30/2013 | 11:22:40 AM
Re: Addiction needs treatment I agree, pzernik. Samsung is clearly going the approach of launching phones of every single possible size to address any possible demographic. Some people may want huge phones, I suppose, but I bet we'll see the trend go back to shrinking smartphones as it was a few years ago. 
Steve Saunders 8/29/2013 | 6:37:31 PM
Re: Addiction needs treatment OMG what the heck is that man doing to that giant cell phone?! NSFW!
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