ONE in three people – and half of those aged 18 to 24 – check their phones in the middle of the night.

Brit girls are the worst culprits in Europe for being glued to their screens, according to the World Health Organisation.

Over-use of phones is linked to a lower IQ, problems concentrating, worsening memory and impaired social, emotional and creative intelligence.

And sleeping with a smartphone in the bedroom is linked to weight gain and stress.

But how can you tell if you are addicted? By taking our quiz, of course . . .

1. You have just started watching your child’s end-of-year play when your phone notifies you it only has 20 per cent battery. You feel:

a) Fine. You won’t be using it while you watch him or her perform.

b) A bit miffed. It would be good to get pics of your little darling on stage.

c) Annoyed. You’d normally film the performance and take pictures but you know you don’t have enough battery to do it.

d) Anxious that no one can get hold of you and that you don’t have enough battery left to upload photos and videos to social media.

2. You are out for Sunday lunch with your family in a rural area, where there is no 3G and patchy reception. You are:

a) Loving spending time with the family with no interruptions.

b) Checking your phone occasionally to look at the time.

c) Worrying no one can contact you and wondering what is happening on your social networks.

d) On edge because you can’t scroll through your social media, check your email or WhatsApp your friends.

3. You are getting intimate with your partner when you hear your phone’s message tone. You:

a) Don’t give it a thought.

b) See it flash and then ignore it.

c) Keep wondering who has messaged you and what they want — you struggle to concentrate on your partner.

d) Stop what you are doing and check your phone, responding to the message.

4. You are out for dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in a year. You:

a) Are fully engaged in conversation with them. Your phone is in your handbag or pocket.

b) Only check your phone when they go to the loo.

c) Have your phone out on the table and glance at it occasionally.

d) Zone out of conversation as you scroll through feeds on your phone.

5. You take a seat on the bus. You:

a) Look out of the window and let your mind wander.

b) People-watch, then get stuck into a book, checking your phone for the time only.

c) Check your phone to make sure you are taking the right route, then catch up with emails, texts and Facebook.

d) Take a selfie on the bus and upload it to your social media. Flick through feeds and messages, feeling anxious about the likes.

6. In the morning, you:

a) Wake up naturally, feeling fresh after going to bed at a reasonable time. Your phone is charging in another room.

b) Wake up after hitting snooze on your alarm clock. Your phone is in your handbag in your bedroom.

c) Wake up to your phone alarm, feeling sleepy, having checked your messages before you slept and then again first thing.

d) Wake up to your phone alarm, feeling shattered, having checked your messages in bed before nodding off with your phone in your hand. Then you woke in the night a few times to check it, forcing yourself awake.



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7. What do you use your phone for?

a) Calls and text messages, only really when you need to.

b) Calls, text messages and emails, as and when you need it or if someone contacts you.

c) The above, plus social media. Sometimes you scroll through it when you’re bored or if you have a free moment.

d) Everything — the above, plus directions, appointments, travel, analysing your sleep and fitness, tracking your diet . . .

8. If your phone vibrates with a message, how long can you leave it?

a) You only look at it very occasionally so you probably wouldn’t notice it for quite a while.

b) A good few hours. You know if it was urgent, that person would have called.

c) You tend to look within a few minutes, if not straight away, but will only reply when you have time.

d) You can’t. You look at it and reply straight away.

9. Your phone has malfunctioned and wiped the calendar function. You:

a) Didn’t know there was a calendar function — it won’t make a difference to your life.

b) Are confused — you were just getting to grips with all the different apps, even though you have never used it.

c) A bit miffed. It was very handy for things like birthdays which are connected to social media sites but you didn’t use it often.

d) Devastated. How will you remember where you have to be and when without it?

10. Your children would say your mobile phone use is:

a) Sporadic at best. They can never get hold of you and wish you would actually turn your phone on.

b) Getting better since you updated to a new handset and have eventually learned how to use some of the messaging apps like WhatsApp.

c) Fast. They always know where you are and vice versa and you are quick to respond to messages, even if they send you pictures of fluffy cats at 11pm that don’t actually need immediate responses.

d) Obsessive. You are always messaging them, calling them or playing on your phone.



The chances are you don’t recognise your own ring tone.

Being connected is not a priority for you.

Your attitude to phone use is lax and you probably only have one in case you need to make a call when out.

There is little chance of being addicted.




You know why you have a phone and have got to grips with using one – but you know there is more to life than what’s going on on your phone.

There is little chance of you getting addicted to your device.

You are contactable without being hooked.




You need to cut down on your phone usage now.

The urge to use your mobile is  affecting your sleep and love life.

Put it in your pocket when you’re out with people and try spending an afternoon without it.




You  can’t cope without your phone.

You rely on it so much it stops you sleeping and affects relationships, as people will feel they don’t have your attention.

Start cutting down by shaving 20 minutes a day off your usage.

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