In the digital age, many of us may feel addicted to our phones, sometimes scrolling through them multiple times a day.
But now experts have revealed what your mobile use could reveal about your personality – from news addicts looking for “control” to “lonely” Instagram users.
British expert Tamara Sears of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) explained that while many people search our phones to access information or hang out, your habits can reveal everything about who you are.
She explained: “When it comes to figuring out what you use your phone for, it can be worth thinking about how often you use it and for what purpose.
“Are you using it to engage or to avoid? Study or relax? Connect or disconnect?’
She added, “Is it just a tool you control or does it control you?”
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They mostly scroll through celebrity photos and videos on Instagram
Tamara explained how looking at familiar faces on Instagram can help someone turn to them when we’re feeling lonely.
She said: “Celebrities can represent something for us, a familiar face that we think we know when we’re lonely, or a type of life that we want to emulate, or a role model that we want to learn from.
“They can also be someone that we need to judge so that we can bolster our own low self-esteem, to dismiss that celebrity as inadequate or downplay in some ways that makes us feel better,” she added.
“However, focusing on them all the time can create feelings of inadequacy from constantly comparing yourself to them, or the illusion of increased self-esteem from making yourself ‘bigger’ in comparison to them.”
“However you focus on celebrities, it’s important to ask yourself, ‘What does giving this person my attention bring me?”
“If seeing celebrities all the time is getting you down, maybe it’s telling you something. You may need to shift your focus to something more useful.”
You’re just scrolling through messages on your phone
The expert revealed that if you like keeping up with the news at all times, it could mean you like having a sense of control or something to talk about.
‘If you’re just checking for messages on your phone, it could indicate that you need to be paying close attention to what’s going on so you have something to talk to others about,” the expert said.
“Or maybe you don’t really like talking to other people but want to know what things are likely affecting you, which can give you a sense of control,” she added.
She explained, “You might feel like using your phone for other things like social media or shopping is pointless.”
The expert shares top three tips to stop scrolling before bed and improve your sleep quality
UKCP Transpersonal Psychotherapist John-Paul Davhis explains: ‘Phone use is so widespread, even compulsive, because it fulfills all three of our basic human needs.
“We can keep a constant eye on a world full of potential problems, which satisfies our need for fear.
“The endless novelty of scrolling and ‘puff to refresh’ stimulates the reward part of our brains in the same way cocaine does.
“For our human need for connection, phones enable a surface form of it, with potentially millions of people around the world.”
Phones have a profound impact on our sleep patterns and can seriously disrupt our natural body clock.
He explained, “The blue light from a phone screen actually wakes us up.”
“The resulting disruption of our natural internal clock affects metabolism, appetite and mood, reduces melatonin and thus restful sleep.
“With less restful sleep, we feel more tired and have less focus and concentration the next day.”
According to the UKCP, excessive phone use and cell phone addiction are also shown to be linked to:
- reduced productivity
- Relationship difficulties and decreased sex drive
- poor physical health (eye strain, back and body pain, and hand and wrist strain).
John Paul went on to explain the three things one should do to get a better night’s sleep.
1. Read a printed book before bed
2. Stop using the phone in the hour before bed and find other ways to relax without a phone
3. Pay attention to what we see on our phones throughout the day so it doesn’t trigger anger and anxiety at night
However, the expert warned that soaking up information can have an impact on your mental health.
“However, remember that ‘bad news sells’ and ‘good news sells badly,'” she said.
“If you just soak up traumatic news information that reflects the worst in society, you may not get a full picture of how we all live,” she added.
Tamara explained: “It’s important to think about the impact on your mental and emotional state when you only see the worst in everything and not the best.
“Each news outlet has its own agenda, so it might be helpful to consider what role you play in promoting their agenda by giving them your attention.”
You only watch memes and funny videos on your phone
If you’re a fool constantly looking for fun content online, this could be a sign that you’re hesitating.
“If funny memes are the focus of your intentions, it could be because you’re procrastinating or avoiding other things in your life that require your attention,” the expert said.
“Sometimes when you’re feeling down or upset, memes can be an instant way to make you smile or laugh, which can be helpful, but they can also be used to avoid difficult emotions that it might end up facing better.” “, added her.
Tamara added that memes make you feel like you belong to a community without actually interacting with people.
“It can be very empowering to know that there are other people out there who think the same way you do, even though you’ll never meet them,” she said.
“If you’ve never met her, you don’t know if you really want to be associated with that person. Be careful, some memes evolve from agendas that may not align with your own,” she added.
You only read books on your phone
If you enjoy getting lost in the digital pages of your e-book, you may be trying to escape real life, Tamara warned.
‘If you read books on your phone, maybe it’s an idea to think about the times you reach for your phone to get lost in that book,” she said.
“Is it because it’s a really good story, or because you enjoy learning something new?” she asked.
“Is it because you like escaping the reality of everyday life into a fantasy world that means you don’t have to deal with the mundane clutter of life?” she added.
Tamara said that a “little bit of avoidance” can sometimes be helpful because it helps us recover before we return to the world
But the expert said we shouldn’t overindulge.
“A lot of avoidance means you may have a problem that needs your attention. Do you read to learn, relax, avoid, or escape?’ She asked.
You scroll through everything on your phone and you are hooked
Of course, there are also screen fanatics, and Tamara explained that it could be due to discipline.
“If you’re scrolling through everything unfocused all the time, it could be because you’re having trouble setting limits for yourself,” she said.
“You may find that your attention is easily distracted and it is difficult to think about and focus on things that are important and important to you,” she added.
She said the problem can happen to people who are “people pleasers” because they are not connected to their own wants and needs.
“When you’re not connected to your own needs and wants and you’re clear about them, it’s easy to just focus on others,” she said.
“Not paying attention to what’s important to you can lead to not really knowing yourself and feeling lost and depressed,” she added.
The expert concluded that scrolling at this time may reflect your inner struggles.
“A lot of apps are designed to pause us as we scroll, so make sure they don’t take too much of your life. Your life is for you,” she said.
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