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Experts reveals what your phone scrolling habits say about your personality

In the digital age, many of us can feel addicted to our phones, sometimes scrolling through them multiple times a day.

But now experts have revealed what their use of mobile devices could reveal about their personality, from “control”-seeking news junkies to “lonely” Instagrammers.

British expert Tamara Sears from the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) explained that while many people browse our phones to access information or to pass the time, your habits can reveal everything about who you are.

She explained: “When it comes to figuring out what you’re using your phone for, it might be worth thinking about how often you use it and for what purpose.”

‘Do you use it to attack or to avoid? Learn or relax? Connect or disconnect?

She added: ‘Is it just a tool that you have control over, or does it control you?’

Here Tamara reveals to FEMAIL what your internet use shows about your personality….

Some of us spend more than 5 hours a day scrolling through our smartphones and we are really addicted.  But have you ever wondered what your smartphone navigation says about your personality?  Here FEMAIL finds out... (stock image)

Some of us spend more than 5 hours a day scrolling through our smartphones and we are really addicted. But have you ever wondered what your smartphone navigation says about your personality? Here FEMAIL finds out… (stock image)

You are mainly scrolling through photos and videos of celebrities on Instagram.

Tamara explained how looking at familiar faces on Instagram can offer someone to ‘turn to’ if we feel lonely.

She said: ‘Celebrities can represent something to us, a familiar face we think we know, if we’re alone, or a kind of life we’d like to emulate, or a role model we’d like to learn from.

“They can also be someone to judge so we can reinforce our own low self-esteem, write off or belittle that celebrity as inadequate in some way, which makes us feel better about ourselves,” she added.

“However, focusing on them all the time can lead to feelings of inadequacy if you’re constantly comparing yourself to them, or the illusion of increased self-esteem if you’re always ‘making yourself bigger’ compared to them.

“Whatever your approach to celebrities, it’s important to ask yourself, ‘What’s in it for me to pay attention to this person?’

“If seeing celebrities all the time gets you down, then maybe I’m telling you something. You may need to shift your focus to something more beneficial.

You just scroll through the news on your phone

The expert revealed that if you like to be on top of the news at all times, it could mean that you like to have a sense of control or something to talk about.

If you’re just browsing the news on your phone, it could indicate that you need to be closely monitoring what’s going on so you have something to talk about with other people,” the expert said.

“Or, you don’t really like talking to other people, but you want to know about the things that are likely to shock you and can give you a sense of control,” she added.

She explained: “You may feel like using your phone for other things, like social media or shopping, doesn’t make sense.”

Expert Reveals Top 3 Tips To Stop That Bedtime Scroll And Improve Your Sleep Quality

UKCP Transpersonal Psychotherapist John-Paul Davit is explained: Telephone use is so widespread, even compulsive, because it satisfies our three basic human needs.

‘We can keep a constant eye on a world of potential trouble, which satisfies our need for fear.

‘The endless novelty of scrolling and ‘pulling to refresh’ stimulates the reward part of our brain in the same way that cocaine does.

“For our human need to connect, phones allow a superficial form of connection, with potentially millions of people around the world.”

Phones have a profound impact on our sleep patterns and can seriously disrupt our natural biological clock.

He explained: “The blue light from a phone screen actually wakes us up.”

‘The resulting disruption to our natural body clock affects metabolism, appetite and mood, reducing melatonin and therefore restful sleep.

“With less restful sleep, we feel more tired and have less focus and attention the next day.”

According to UKCP, excessive phone use and mobile phone addiction are also shown to be related to:

  • delay
  • Headaches
  • reduced productivity
  • relationship difficulties and reduced sexual desire
  • poor physical health (strained eyes, back and body aches, and tension in the hands and wrists).

John Paul went on to explain the three things you need to do to get a better night’s sleep.

1. Read a print book before bed

2. Stop using the phone an hour before bed, find other ways to relax without a phone

3. Be aware of what we’re seeing on our phones throughout the day so that anger and fear aren’t triggered at night.

However, the expert warned that soaking up information can have an impact on your mental health.

“However, the thing to remember is that ‘bad news sells hot’ and ‘good news sells poorly,'” he said.

“If you’re just absorbing news information of a traumatic nature that reflects the worst of society, you may not get the full picture of how we all live,” he added.

Tamara explained: ‘It’s important to think about the effect on your mental and emotional state of seeing only the worst of everything rather than the best.

“Each media outlet has its own agenda, so it might be helpful to think about what role you play in furthering their agenda by giving them your attention.”

You only watch memes and funny videos on your cell phone

If you’re a buffoon who’s constantly looking for funny content online, it could be a sign that you’re procrastinating.

“When funny memes are the sole focus of your intention, it could be because you’re procrastinating or avoiding other things in your life that require your attention,” the expert said.

“Sometimes if 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 you’d ultimately be better off facing,” he added.

Tamara added that memes make you feel like you belong in a community, without actually interacting with people.

“It can be very empowering to know that there are other people who think the same way you do, even if you’ll never meet them,” he said.

‘If you’ve never met them, you can’t tell if you’d really like to be associated with that person after all. Be careful, some memes evolve from agendas that may not align with yours,” she added.

You only read books on your phone

If you like to get lost in the digital pages of your e-book, you might be trying to escape from real life, Tamara warned.

When reading books on your phone, it might be an idea to think about the times when you pick up your phone and get lost in that book,” he said.

‘Is it because it’s a really good story or because you’re just enjoying learning something new?’ she asked.

“Is it because you like to escape from the reality of everyday life into a fantasy world that means you don’t have to deal with the clutter of everyday life?” she added.

Tamara said that a “little bit of avoidance” can be helpful at times because it helps us recharge before heading back out into the world.

But, the expert said that we should not allow ourselves too much.

‘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’re addicted

Of course, there are also people who are absolutely glued to their screens, and Tamara explained that it could be due to discipline.

“If you’re reviewing everything all the time without any focus, it could be because you struggle to set boundaries for yourself,” she said.

“You may find that your attention is easily distracted and it is difficult to think and focus on things that are important to you,” he added.

She said the problem can happen to people who are ‘complacent’, because they are not connected to their own wants and needs.

“If you’re not connected and clear about your own needs and wants, then it’s easy to get caught up in focusing solely on others,” he said.

“If you don’t pay attention to what’s important to you, it can lead to feelings of not really ‘knowing’ yourself and feeling lost and depressed,” he added.

The expert concluded that moving around at that time may reflect their internal struggles.

‘Many apps are designed to keep us scrolling, so be careful not to let them take too much of your life. Your life is for you,’ he said.

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