Smartphones have quickly become a huge part of people’s daily lives. And in most cases, that is not a good thing at all. But with the plethora of social media sites, information, and personal assistance, it’s nearly impossible to live without a phone. Here are five tips to help break your technology addiction.
When you give up your device, one of the toughest things to do is to stay busy. If you aren’t busy, you will feel the need to look at a screen. Well, looking at your phone less provides the perfect excuse to take up more activities. Join a recreation sports league or pick up a new book. Any activity to offset your phone time will be a healthy alternative.
Find A Replacement
Without checking your phone constantly, you will see that you have much more free time than before. The old saying, “an idle mind is the devil’s playground” will not be truer than in this situation. Find a replacement activity for when you used to look at your device. Taking part in any kind of exercise is a good starting point.
Turning off notifications from various social media sites will make a noticeable difference. Many people will check on their phones just to see if there is anything going on; not just if they feel a vibration. To put it simply, turning off notifications will make you less likely to look at your device.
Tell me if this sounds like your weekday morning: your phone alarm goes off, you hit dismiss or snooze, then stay in bed for the next while to catch up on all the social media happenings you missed last night. If that does sound like you, then stop! And slowly back away from the phone. An easy solution to help control your addiction is to change your morning routine. Let your mind ease into the day instead of taking in an overload of social media information. Go for a short run or make breakfast; anything but the daily social media scroll.
Don’t Go Cold Turkey
Going cold turkey for a smoker can be a really ineffective way of kicking the habit. Technology-addicted citizens should follow in the footsteps of the successful ex-smokers. Ditching your phone completely will not work. Start slowly by only checking social media at night when you are winding down. Become less dependent on technology and over time you may not miss it at all.