Are you addicted to your smartphone? If so, you’re not alone. Studies show that we use our iPhones excessively–an average of 80-150 times a day. The millennials surveyed said that their devices have created better work-life balance, contributing to better communication and relationship-building.
Research shows that as we grow more dependent on technology, our intellect, attention levels and social skills weaken. In fact, with just the mere presence of our smartphones, our ability to focus on a task and solve problems decreases.
We are living in an era of technology obsession and smartphone addiction. I hear it all the time: “I can’t go anywhere without my phone” or “I feel anxious when I’m not able to check email” or “If I’m not on my social feeds, I feel like I’m missing out.”
Addicted to your smartphone? There’s an app for that.
Ironically, you can try to stave off addicting smartphone apps with another app. While not ideal, there are apps like SPACE and Moment helps you find your personal phone-life balance by monitoring your smartphone use and setting limits.
Many of the most popular mobile apps (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and more) are designed with infinite scrolling functions, where you can consume an endless feed of information.
Being always available to your friends and co-workers does come with its own caveats as you never really get time for yourself or get other work done. You need to respect and protect your own time so reduce your smartphone usage over a period of time.
If you love to read, play board games, watch movies, or go out on a stroll with your dog, you need to start doing more of that rather than spending time on your phone. No matter which activity you choose, the presence of a smartphone will always ruin the experience.This is a great way to reduce the time spent on your smartphone while doing something else as you won’t be checking your smartphone each time you get a notification.
Unless you need to communicate with friends, family or co-workers in real-time, you should turn off notifications from unnecessary applications. Every app wants to get your attention and it often does that by sending you notifications repeatedly. You might even consider deleting social media apps from your phone altogether and only accessing them via a computer. The constant friend and family updates can wait until later.