If you always seem to be using your smartphone, it's easy to jokingly say that you're addicted to it. However, your joke might have more truth in it than you think.
Smartphone addiction is a real and a growing problem. The University of Derby did a survey and determined 13 percent of respondents had a smartphone addiction. The University of Missouri has found that some people experience separation anxiety when they can't use their iPhones.
Like any addiction, a smartphone addiction can negatively impact your life, costing you friendships, jobs and health. But how do you know if you have a real addiction, or if you just use it a lot because it's essential for work or your other activities?
Let's look at some signs you might be addicted to your smartphone. We'll also look at some ways you can get started overcoming an addiction.