The majority of us have become addicted to our mobile phones. We don’t imagine standing in the queue without glancing at smartphone screens at least once.
We are constantly checking social media, texting friends, playing games. This addiction seems harmless at first viewpoint, because it allows us to have some fun, to feed our brain with some food in the end. It is also having a negative effect on our mental and physical health, according to numerous researches.
It’s hard to stop checking your phone
Mobile phone addiction has become a problem because it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to put down their phones. They feel like they need to check them all the time and they can’t concentrate on anything else while they are using them.
Imagine 2 seemingly similar activities: reading a book and watching TikTok videos. It’s extremely hard to concentrate on a book, when you have such an affordable alternative dopamine source. Social media feeds have an unlimited number of content that’s picked for you. Consuming this content regularly makes it addictive and prevents us from stopping the dangerous habit.
In addition, it’s possible that the blue light from these screens damages your eyesight over time and causes other health problems like insomnia or depression.
What a Constant Connection Does to Our Mental Health
When we are always connected, we are never disconnected. We are never in a state of solitude where we can think for ourselves and come up with our own ideas. The constant connection to the internet and social media is not good for our mental health.
In order to combat this issue, some companies have started enforcing digital detoxes or taking away the phones from their employees at work. This way they can get back to the basics of what it means to be human without being constantly connected to the internet.
How To Limit Mobile Phone Usage & Stay In Control of Your Device
There are many ways you can limit your phone usage. You can set up a timer to limit the amount of time you spend on your phone, put it in airplane mode for a set period of time, set up parental controls and install an app that tracks your usage.
The first step to limiting your phone usage is to turn off notification alerts. This will help you avoid the temptation of checking notifications because they are so easy to access on your phone.
Another steps can be:
- Removing applications from your mobile
- Setting hard limits (for screen usage)
- Putting notifications & reminders (to avoid longer sessions)
The goal of these is to make sure you stay connected with reality and don’t go too deep into social media consumption.
Is Checking My Phone Bad For Me?
The conclusion is that checking one’s phone is not bad for you. It can be used as a tool to make your life better. It can help you stay connected, which in the long run will make you happier and more productive.
The final thoughts are that we should be careful with how much time we spend on our phones and not let them take over our lives.
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