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'Stop Checking Your Smartphone!'

Can disordered mobile phone use be considered a behavioral addiction?

"Over the last decade, I have published various papers on excessive mobile phone use both in general and related to particular aspects of mobile phone use (such as gambling and gaming via mobile phones (see ‘further reading’ below). Recently, some colleagues and I (and led by Dr. Joël Billieux) published a new literature review in the journal Current Addiction Reports (link is external)examining disordered mobile phone use.

I don’t think many people would say that their lives are worse because of mobile phones as the positives appear to greatly outweigh the negatives. However, in the scientific literature, excessive mobile phone use has been linked with self-reported dependence and addiction-like symptoms, sleep interference, financial problems, dangerous use (phoning while driving), prohibited use (phoning in banned areas), and mobile phone-based aggressive behaviors (e.g., cyberbullying (link is external))."

Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-excess/201509/stop-checking-your-smartphone


Any compulsive behavior that serves an emotional purpose can be an addiction.
The function (purpose) of addiction is to reverse a sense of overwhelming helplessness. Addiction always serves and emotional purpose. When circumstances in life make us feel helpless, trapped and out of control, some folks attempt to regain control of their circumstance with drugs, some with computers. Taking the drug or absorbing yourself in a computer for hours, temporarily removes the trapped feeling because the abuser is doing something about it, they are regaining control.

All addictions are symptoms of something else that is wrong in our lives.
All compulsive behavior is for a reason. We always get some reward out of our actions. (regain control).
Addictions are nothing more than displaced or substitute compulsive behaviors or actions intended to give the person control over a helpless situation in life. Compulsive habits are never random, they are always preceded by an emotional issue considered very important to the individual. These circumstance are always preceded with feeling of overwhelming helplessness, feeling trapped and out of control.
Instead of a healthy normal (direct) action that conveys control over our issues, compulsive behavior exploit the quick fix or mood changer of substitute (displaced) actions. For example: We find ourselves overwhelmed with financial matters that appear out of our control. We feel trapped. We escape the trap, take control, by spending hours on a computer (smartphone).
Addictions are all about dealing with emotional issues that are very important to us and how we regain control of those issues. We always act to regain control in some manner.
The question is: Do we escape from the trapped helpless feeling by taking control of our behavior with drugs, computers, porn, gambling, anger, etc., (displaced) or do we utilize healthy (direct) behavior? The choice is always up to our free will.

The problem is that addicts never really learn Direct Behavior. Instead, they learn a Displaced-substitute Behavior the quick fix or mood changer of habits and hangups and this is their go to behavior,  that is used to temporarily used to regain control over helpless circumstances!
Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) is Direct Healthy Behavior based on values. When we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, CDB is the norm, there is no compulsive behavior, there is no addiction. This is the synergy of scripture and science.

Change your thinking and let God change your life.

"I am a Surrendered Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.


With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.


Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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