Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?
Is your phone the first thing you reach for when you wake up and the last thing you see before you sleep? Do you find the hours slip away as you idly scroll through Facebook?
Like me, you probably check your smartphone every four seconds just to keep up-to-date with the world. Maybe you even hug your phone at random intervals throughout the day? Some people might say weâ€™re addicted, but thankfully â€“ researchers at the University of Sydney have argued that you actually canâ€™t become addicted to your phone.
While we canâ€™t form an actual addiction to your smartphone, you may want to cut down on your smartphone use â€“ because letâ€™s face it, it takes up (actually letâ€™s just be honest and say wastes) A LOT of our timeâ€¦
You can actually use your phone less
Catherine Priceâ€™s How To Break Up With Your Phone is a smart, practical and useful plan to help you use your phone a lot less in just 30 days.
The award-winning science journalist explores the effects that our constant connectivity is having on our brains, bodies, relationships, and society at large and asks, how much time do you really want to spend on your phone?
Her guide to limiting your mobile phone use has one BIG benefit â€“ taking back your life from the grip of our favourite handheld device.
You can still love your phone
Over the course of 30 days, Catherine will guide you through an easy-to-follow plan that enables you to identify your goals, priorities and bad habits, tidy your apps, prune your email and take time away.
Ultimately you will have a healthier relationship with your phone and establish habits and routines to ensure this better relationship sticks. After all, youâ€™re not breaking up with your phone. Youâ€™re just making sure your relationship is healthy enough to last the distance.
So where can I start?
If youâ€™re looking to start creating that healthier relationship with your smartphone these are some good starting points:
- Reduce the number of apps on your phone. Less icons = less temptation.
- Turn off notifications through your settings. Do you really need to know what your friends had for lunch?
- When charging your phone at night, donâ€™t do it next to your bed (or on your bed â€“ plenty of us sleep with our phones)
- Be aware when reaching for your phone during the day and ask yourself why youâ€™re doing it. Are you bored? Is it habit? Or do you actually need to use it?
- Make sure your phone is away during meal times and take the time to have a real conversation with your family. It can make a real difference.