Ever been in a room full of young people, and they are all busy typing on of their cell phones all the time, you included? That is cell phone addiction. This addiction has cost a lot of people in this country and worldwide their jobs, and has taken up their lives as well. Here are ways by which you can be wise with your smart phone.
Put your phone on silent. Stop alert notifications. Why do you need a notification to let you know someone “liked” your Face book picture or status? Designate a time to check in your social media accounts and stick to it.
2. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind
During family time or hanging out with friends, put your cell phone someplace where you won’t hear or see it. You will not feel the need to constantly go check on your phone unnecessarily, this will also help you to have wholesome time with your loved ones.
3. DON’T Sleep With Your Phone
The old excuse that “it’s my alarm clock” just won’t do. Buy an alarm clock and store the phone somewhere else besides your nightstand or bed. Taking your phone to bed with you, will only make you a slave to it. Your sleep time will also be disturbed.
4. Go On A Full Detox
Use a weekend to do a full detox. Put it away on a Friday and don’t pick it up until Sunday. I can promise you that the world won’t end! Once you’re done with the detox, gradually implement some of the tips above. This action will give your brain a chance to normalize, and get back into the pace of normal life.
5. Be Conscious
Be conscious of the situations and emotions that make you want to check your phone. Is it boredom, loneliness or anxiety? Maybe something else would soothe you.
6. Be Strong
This is no piece of cake, but once you are over the withdrawal symptoms, you would have conquered a tough battle. Be courageous when your phone beeps or rings. You don’t always have to answer it. In fact, you can avoid temptation by turning off the alert signals.
7. Be Disciplined
You need to have discipline about not using your device in certain situations (such as when you’re with children, driving, or in a meeting) or at certain hours for instance, between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. You’ll be surprised and pleased to rediscover the pleasures of being in control of your attention.