It's fine to overuse your phone. Real's chief clinical officer, Rachel Hoffman, LCSW, advises that your partner's increased screen time may be an indication.
Hoffman fears unanticipated cell phone use. Partner phones effect you. Feeling anxious? Your partner's phone use may differ. Discuss your partner's phone use.
Laurel Steinberg, PhD, a private relationship therapist, advises taking note if your partner hides their phone or turns it off when you approach.
This could indicate a gambling addiction, inappropriate messaging with a coworker, or other secret. However, only an honest discussion will reveal the truth.
While watching TV in bed or in the living room, your partner can check Instagram or texts. Steinberg worries if they're usually on their phone or not present.
Your partner isn't cheating or uninterested. Steinberg says this may indicate a job issue you should know about.
You confront your partner about their cell phone habits, such as how often they use it or how they hide it. Lawless also warns against a defensive partner.
It could mean they're guilty but won't admit it. It may simply indicate their unwillingness to acknowledge your feelings and adjust their behavior.