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Alyssamd24 posted 7/20/2014 17:36 PM

What is considered an appropriate amount of time being on your cell phone....not talking, but using it for other things?

When does it become an issue?

PenitentMan posted 7/20/2014 17:51 PM

Addictive behavior is something I've had a lot of experience with.

It becomes an issue when there are other things you should be doing but aren't because you're on your phone.

It becomes an issue when you're out with other people (spouse, friends) but instead of interacting with them, you're on your phone.

Even if you're not out and about but a family member wants to talk to you and you can't/don't/won't put down the phone for them.

It becomes an issue when you feel in your gut that you're spending too much time on your phone, but you do it anyway.

It becomes an issue when you feel the urge to keep checking your phone when you're *not* on your phone.

It becomes an issue when you feel that it's an issue.

It becomes an issue when you're playing candy crush saga. :)

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And it's definitely an issue when it seems like someone is hiding what they're doing on their phone from you, or you ask them what they're doing and they say nothing, or refuse to answer.

Matilda23 posted 7/20/2014 21:19 PM


What SelfishHusband said.

I noticed when I didn't have my phone I would freak out. Even if it was for a few minutes. I let it interfere with family events and let it control me. I always had to look at it. Now, I leave my phone at home so I don't get tempted. BBF has a phone and he hardly uses it, so if it's an emergency they know to call him.

I personally feel better now that I'm not attached to my cell phone. I can enjoy the beauty of life again.

20WrongsVs1 posted 7/20/2014 22:30 PM

It's like anything. If you think you're using it too much, you probably are. If you think you *should* use it less, but you *really* don't want too, then you need to look at changing your behavior.

What's with the cryptic post, anyway? What's going on exactly?

Alyssamd24 posted 7/21/2014 07:19 AM

Nothing is going on really, its just something I have been thinking about and wondering. I didnt ask for my own cell phone use...I asked for my BH. I feel like he is constantly on his phone and when I have brought it up he says hes just looking at stuff. He doesnt seem to think its an issue.

He doesnt use it for just texting though..its texting, email, fb, YouTube, and who knows what else. It is constantly with him. ..he even charges it right next to him when he is sleeping. ....its the first thing he looks at in the morning.

I dont know if this is something that is really an issue or if its just me complaining and nagging for no reason.

DrJekyll posted 7/21/2014 07:36 AM

It sounds like he may be using this as an escape from his reality. I did this for 3 years before I stepped out. My phone got waaaaaay to important to me.

Alyssamd24 posted 7/21/2014 07:56 AM

Dr Jekyll,
I do understand that. And that I caused this awful reality...but my concern is for our communication.

I dont know how to fix it.

theseseatsRtaken posted 7/21/2014 08:12 AM


This has been a massive issue with BW and I for a very long time but it REALLY came to the fore on dday because of hoe much i used my phone to communicate with OW's.

I was on that damn thing ALL THE FREAKIN TIME. Even pre A, i would be picking the bloody thing up for no reason, it was like i was trying to get it to help me come up with a thought just so my mind would keep ticking over. It was ridiculous! If i wasnt on fb or candy cruch i was on sporting websites or angry birds i mean there was always something, and when there wasnt, i would go looking for something.

When i stopped after dday, it was AMAZING how much i have realised i dont need or even MISS the thing! i have surrendered all social media, and i barely touch my phone at home now! its brilliant!

I guess the real test is (if your in a position to ask for this - not all of us are) to see if BH can go without for a day. See how defensive or agreeable he is. If hes anything like i was, he'll hate the idea and you can safely say he is addicted to it.

At the end of the day, R is a two way street. You both have to bring your a-game and communicate better than you ever have in your life. Without this, its a huge undertaking that will be badly hindered.

I hope this helps

sorrowfulmate posted 7/21/2014 09:40 AM

I am the same way. Before DDay I was on it all the time, the joke was that I should have the damn thing implanted in my head.

I have cut down on my phone use after dday to where I use it rarely at home and at work I try to keep it on the desk and not use it for email and use my desktop for most things.

My wife and I do text back and forth and that is when I pick it up.

My phone was my window into fantasyland and my PAP and EAPs, so I do know that it can be considered the "Gate into Hell."

This weekend I was camping with the family and grabbed my phone and checked it. There was an email from my LTAP and I immediately showed it to my BW. Now I have been asked the questions about why I was checking the phone, and what made me check the phone.

Couple this with the fact that on Friday, I got a "Friend" request on runkeeper from an EAP so this weekend was two AP contacts, both of which I showed my BW

I am really not certain why I checked my email this weekend. But I do know its an ingrained habit for me to do so when I am out of town in case there are emergencies.

I was IT director for a company but they busted me down to 20 hours a week and then I went out and got a consulting gig where I run around to three other offices. IT has to be highly available, however I did also use that as an excuse to my BW when I was on the phone. I used work to cover for my affairs. So I do know that when I do check the phone for work there are going to be questions asked about is it really work.

As a WH, I know that I have to make sure all my actions are pure. Hindsight being 20/20 maybe I should have asked her if it was ok to check my email while on the camping trip. Any suggestions that people have for me feel free.

familyfirst posted 7/21/2014 11:25 AM

Checking the phone can become a habit, no hidden motivation required. My H will invite me out for lunch, and then proceed to check work email during the whole meal. I've taken to just remaining silent while he does that instead of happily chatting away acting like it doesn't bother me. Once he's reminded he's being inconsiderate, he'll stop. But I'm not sure it will ever be his default

Lark posted 7/21/2014 11:42 AM

not sure if it's ok for a BS to chime in
I agree with what selfishhusband said. My husband's cell phone was almost like it was always itching in his pocket. Always on his mind, He was just looking for the nxt moment he could check it. He did games pre-A. Then it was the A. Now it's games again. He has severely cut back, but it is a problem when it's *always* at the back of the mind, waiting for the next chance for it.

lovemywife4ever posted 7/22/2014 18:18 PM

My wife is ALWAYS on hers. It drives me nuts actually especially since I feel she doesn't want to spend time with me. She says it's because of work and friends and she reads this site on her phone a lot. She basically finds solace in her phone. Not talking so much although a few of her best friends and her can talk for a heck of a long time. I don't get it because I have never had that many close friends but she's a social lady.

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