Cell Phone Addiction
Meaningful parts of our day, our productivity and even personal and work relationships have suffered from how often we get stuck staring at our phones. We say it’s time to Wake the Hell Up and create some healthy boundaries with that old friend you're starting to wonder about...
Below we will talk about the jaw-dropping statistics that should concern you along with ways you can start to limit screen time and improve your quality of life, at home, work and play.
A special thanks to King University for the statistics. You can find the full article here→ https://online.king.edu/news/cell-phone-addiction/
People Touch Their Phones an Average of 2,617 Times Per Day
This accounts for all the times we take it out of our pocket, swipe up, click a link and more. Moreover, we don’t come anywhere near that much contact with each other, through a handshake, hug, pats on the back or other important gestures of connection. Furthermore, this number (2,617 times per day) has skyrocketed in recent years, making cell phones the most intimate part of our lives...
Americans Spend an Average of 5 Hours Per Day Browsing
Think of how much time you spend from when you settle into bed, wake up in the morning, check your emails, notifications, get bored, get bored again, talk to friends, colleagues, flappy bird, and posting your lunch! Wow, the list may never end for all the things you can do on your device.
But is it healthy? People use to go to the movies once a month and see a live performance even less often than that. Now entertainment takes up many of our waking hours. But how does that affect our relationship with daily purpose?
Moreover, our important human connections and our overall peace of mind could be suffering. As you might be feeling, it may be contributing negatively. Check out the telltale signs of addiction below.
Symptoms of Cell Phone Addiction
- Reaching for the phone first thing in the morning
- Using cell phones when bored
- Increasing cell phone use
- Mindlessly reaching for it without purpose
- Becoming anxious or agitated when the cell phone is out of sight
- Loved ones complain about your cell phone use
- You have an inability to cut back on cell phone use
It’s become normal for us to use our phones constantly, and we may not even think twice about grabbing it. However, think about if this was anything else in your life. Food, sugar, even coffee! (And we love coffee). It would certainly be TOO MUCH.
What did we do with all those hours before the cell phone became a mainstream smart device? It’s hard to even remember what life was like back then as we try to look through all the noise and lights that have taken up the space…
Luckily if you are willing to take a shot at it, we have some tips to help you to break the addiction and limit the amount of time you spend on your phone.
Helpful Tips to Break Your Cell Phone Addiction: Take a Break!
Plan Small Trips Without Your Phone
Even if it’s just to the gas station. Little by little for longer and longer stretches of time, leave the cell phone at home, in the other room, or even turned off! Set a goal for being able to get away for a few hours into the wilderness as a longer-term strategy.
At first you may feel anxious and unsure about what to do with your hands and your head. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you're just taking a little break.
Once you are able to truly dedicate that small increment of time to enjoy the moment, you'll quickly begin to see a whole different slice of the world you had totally forgotten about.
Replace the Action of Grabbing Your Phone with a Different One
Step one for this strategy is to start paying attention to when you reach for your phone. Call yourself out when you start to go for it. Then ask, was it necessary? Did I need to call someone about an important issue, check my calendar or email?
If the answer is no, try a ‘Replacement behavior’ to reward the brain in a new way, choosing a more beneficial and enjoyable activity.
Express yourself artistically, by writing a haiku (or anything else that floats your boat), do ten push-ups, take 5 deep breaths, stretch your legs and arms, write a letter to a friend saying how much you appreciate them.
Make a list of little, low commitment things you can do and try them out! See which ones work the best, make you feel good and help you abstain from that useless reaching of your phone. See which ones help you stay away for longer periods of time.
Remind Yourself of the Dangers
Spend more time reading into how cell phones and information addiction are producing negative outcomes. The more aware you are the more compelled you will be to start making a change for the better.
Have a great rest of the day and good luck!
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