Tips to get rid of your addiction to smartphones
Cell phones, and especially smartphones, have become a very important part of our lives, almost essential to our existence. Most of us are now addicted to the use of cell phones. I’m sure that it happened to you to go to work and see more than 50% people on the subway doing something on their cell phones, from reading news, playing games or talking on the phone. I’m also 70% sure that you are one of them. I know I am.
The significant use of cell phones is not really a good thing, because according to researchers, most of the times, the excess use of cell phones affects our sleep, causes addiction, and ruins relationships. You read well. Although we are more connected to friends and family, since the use of cell phones makes it very easy for us, physical communication has been replaced with the virtual communication. Statistics show that an average person checks their phone about 31 times per day, teenager’s even 102 times per day! That’s way too much!
This article is not aimed to deny their utility, but we shouldn’t let our lives be ruled by these devices. Here are some tips to get rid of your addiction to smartphones:
- Don’t let it interrupt you
You don’t have to check your phone every time you’ve received a notification from Facebook, Whatsapp or any other social networks or even apps. Most of the people, when they are really busy working or doing some personal tasks, often interrupt their activities to check what they received, either a message, a status, answering the phone or to check their email. Wait until you finish and then you can see what you’ve missed. Also, resist the urge to check your cell phone first thing in the morning. Carry on with your real life and stop obsessing about recent tweets and posts!
- Put it on silent
Don’t let yourself distracted by your cell phone. Tell your friends and family not to call you during your working time unless it’s urgent! Respect your meals & don’t let your phone disturb while you are eating. Try to create some rules, to put your phone in the background of your life, NOT in foreground.
- Don’t carry it with you all the time
You have your first romantic date to that guy/girl that you are so excited about. There is no need to take your cell phone with you. Leave it in your car, or set it on mute. Of course, if it is a bad date, you would need your phone in order to escape because you have an “emergency”, but that is a different story :)
- Don’t take it with you to the bedroom
There should be forbidden to enter your bedroom with your cell phone. That is a sacred place, meant for sleeping and other relaxing activities. Cell phone will disturb your sleeping or any other intimate moment.
Yes, without your phone you wouldn’t know what time it is, you wouldn’t know any phone number, and you definitely wouldn’t be able to solve a math problem, but we need to take a step back and realize that this is a dangerous path. After all, “Life was much easier when Apple and Blackberry were just fruits”.