Smartphone use is one of the most common offenders.
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The Digital lifestyle is all consuming. But is it necessarily healthy for our well-being? Many signs point to “No.” Addiction to our devices, specifically smartphones, have made us more co-dependent, anxious, and with shorter attention spans than ever.
Addictive, toxic relationships bring nothing but negativity. And as we have discussed before, your network is a huge factor in your success. Which brings us to the point – are you in a toxic relationship with your smartphone? Do you use your smartphone or is your smartphone using you? How can you break up with your toxic smartphone relationship?
Automation doesn’t just refer to marketing or content creation. Automation can also refer to our automatic tendency to coddle our phones.
Watch Out For The Signs Of “Digital Drug” Abuse
You’re on your phone right now. We caught you red-handed! Just kidding. Being on your phone doesn’t make you a phone-addict the same way having one drink doesn’t make you an alcoholic. It’s all about context. How long have you been on your phone today? Just for this article? An hour? Did you forget and lose track of time?
Broken Bone or Broken Phone? Between breaking a bone and breaking your phone, which do you choose? If you’re like 46% of participants in a study about phone addiction, you would rather have a broken bone than a broken phone. And for the rest of you that chose a broken phone, how quick was your decision. The remaining 54% of the study’s participants agonized over choosing a broken phone over a broken bone.
Do you treat the “Internet as “the world’s largest slot machine?” The reason so many of us are addicted to our phones is the same reason gamblers get addicted to slot machines. A “small burst of pleasure chemicals in our brains” leads us to continue to seek excitement and anticipation that addictive behaviors give us.
How To Beat Phone Addiction
First step – accept. Accept that your phone has begun to “control your life and interferes with your daily activities, work, and relationships.” When you realize you have a problem, you are that much closer to finding a solution.
Out of sight, out of mind. If you are addicted to sugar, don’t store candy in a jar on your kitchen counter. If you are addicted to your phone, don’t keep it in obvious spot right in front of you. A good place to start? Turn off notifications. Also, don’t check phone within first 30 minutes of waking up or before you go to bed.
Keep it real. When choosing between interacting with the people right in front of you or engaging with your phone screen, choose real people... always.
We believe technology should empower people, not disable them. When your gadgets start ruling your life, you know it’s time to change. We all have a bit of a phone addict in all of us. While it’s okay to use your phone a lot, always be the master of your gadgets and not the servant. Now that’s a truly empowering mindset.
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