A new COVID-19 pandemic has been sweeping the world. Now, many people have had to stay home from school or work. Studies show that most people use their smartphones an average of 80-150 times a day. We are all addicted to our phones, and if you don’t keep them in check, there may be serious repercussions.
The balance between our digital and non-digital lives is a delicate one that we all must manage. With good comes bad, like the addiction we have to our smartphones. Looking at our phones has its benefits, such as communication and entertainment. But it can also be harmful when we are so dependent on it. Here are some ways to help curtail your addiction:
Be Aware of Your Usage
Have you found yourself glued to your smartphone lately? You might want to check out some of the popular new features on iPhone and Android devices. Tracking usage with these apps shows how long you’ve been using your smartphone, what apps you’ve been using, and how often you have used them. Even better, you can schedule downtime and block access to anything but the important stuff.
You should really set up a time limit for your smartphone. It is a great way to avoid addiction to addictive apps like Instagram, Facebook, and games. You should be able to find this setting by visiting the “screen time” settings on your smartphone. Follow the steps in this article to set daily time limits for app categories you want to manage on iPhone.
Keep Your Time Safe
You’re a busy person. You have work commitments, a family to care for, friends to be there for. That’s why you need to take time out of your day to be present with yourself. It can be tough and it does require discipline to switch off from all electronics and spend a few hours of uninterrupted time doing whatever the heck you want. Being always available to others does come with its own caveats.
I tend to activate my phone’s “Do Not Disturb” function during certain hours of the day and make it clear that I am unavailable. Then, I chose the people that can get through me. These include family members, my boss, and a few of my closest friends. I also switch off my phone every day at a specific time so I can give myself some well-deserved time each day.
Sometimes it is natural to feel overwhelmed by phone calls and texts. That is why you should practice digital detox. If this happens to you every day, just a little break will help you get back on track and spend time with your loved ones.
Do Things You Enjoy
Smartphones are fantastic for so many things, but they can also detract from other activities we enjoy on a day-to-day basis. If you’re always on your phone, try spending more time doing what you love like reading, playing board games, watching movies, or walking the dog. It may not be the same experience as before, but it will improve your life!
We all need to put our phones aside at times. For instance, when you are catching up on your favourite TV show or playing a game with your friends, it’s a great idea to put your phone on ‘Do Not Disturb’. If you don’t want to be distracted by your notifications, then set your phone aside and focus on what you are doing.
Turn Your Phone into Black and White
Research has shown that humans attach emotions to colors. Whenever you get notifications on your phone, it’s sometimes difficult to resist opening them. If you want to reduce the urge to open a notification, turn your phone into a black and white canvas. It might dull the desire to check notifications and apps.
Let’s be honest, being on your phone late at night is not good for your sleep time. But you can make things better by utilizing a feature on your phone that will turn your screen into grayscale. This is effective to use when it is late and you are about to go to bed or are already in bed trying to get some sleep.
Keep Notifications from Unnecessary Apps Turned Off
Unnecessary applications often bombard you with notifications. The best thing to do is flip the notifications switch off for anything you don’t need to be notified about. Unless it’s related to communication with friends, family, or co-workers, you should disable unnecessary notifications.
There are times when your phone will buzz with notifications that get you to spend money, like games. Other social media apps, like Facebook or Instagram, will send updates about people that you can always check out later. You may delete social media apps from your phone completely and only check updates on your laptop.
Long-distance friends and family can be a big distraction from your work. A notification, a comment, the ability to chat with someone you see once or twice a year. It is an inevitable part of the modern age to try to keep tabs on everyone even though it can be very time-consuming.