A smartphone is like a shadow inseparably sticking to users. Have you ever noticed that you obsessively check your smartphones when you are walking, working, talking, and driving, even though you know you should not? You just can’t help it. Some research studies report, “we use our smartphones excessively—an average of 80–150 times a day”.
Research shows that as we become more dependent on technology, our intelligence, level of attention, and social skills decline. Nevertheless, with the mere presence of our smartphones, our ability to focus on a goal and to solve problems is diminishing.
Just because smartphones are an essential part of our daily lives, it does not mean that you should be glued to it all the time. The worst-case scenario is many of us would rather look into their phones than have a conversation with a real person. The bitter fact is that smartphones have invaded the daily lives of all people around the world in such a way that they have the power of shaping or destroying your entire personality.
This article provides some tips to come out of smartphone addiction. If you feel that you are addicted, you can continue reading or if you are not, you can go and delight with your smartphone.
- Don’t use your phone in the bed
Always remember the fact that smartphones are just a means of communication not a means of living. Using your phone in the bed is not a healthy habit because blue light that emits from your phone would greatly disturb your sleep hormones. If you care about your health, make your bed a phone-free zone. If you start trying, the first few nights will be hard, but as days roll on eventually you will come out and kick that habit away.
- Make non-smartphone-enhanced conversation
Make yourself available to make non-smartphone-enhanced conversations with your family members and friends for an hour or more every day. Strictly stick to this habit. Make it as a bonding exercise. You will discover a world of difference within few days.
- Turn off notifications
Turn off notifications. That’s all. As simple as it is. If you turn off notifications, there would be no apparent reason to check your phone.
- Consider the side effects
To get rid of using smartphones, you can consider the side effects. Excessive usage of smartphone cause many side effects such as loneliness and depression, anxiety, stress, exacerbating attention deficit disorders, diminishing your ability to concentrate and think deeply or creatively, reducing your cognitive and learning skills, affecting your memory and ability to think clearly, sleeping disorder, encouraging self-absorption, eyesight issues, migraine, mental illness, and many more. Knowing these side effects will give you awareness and healthy fear to come out of smartphone addiction.
Too much of anything is good for nothing. In a similar vein, excessive smartphone use can disrupt your sleep, which can have a serious impact on your overall mental health. Loosen yourself from the grip of smartphones. Now the time has come to reassess your smartphone use and strike a healthier balance in your life.