I am talking addiction.
I admire addicts.
In a world where everybody is waiting for some blind, random disaster or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He’s taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of his death from being a total surprise.
— Chuck Palahniuk
There are many types of addiction. Regardless of what form the addiction takes, anything that we do compulsively, instinctively, involuntarily,with very little control cannot be good for our wellbeing.
The problem with an addiction is, you can not do anything positive about combatting it until you first acknowledge that addiction.
This article is about smartphone addiction. I once wrote The Damage That Smartphones Do Live With Us. . This is like an addendum to that.
Many people struggle with being able to leave their smartphone alone to focus on productive daily activities. With the increasing ubiquity of smartphones, especially among the youth, this is a problem approaching epidemic proportions. Inability to drop the smartphone may be of great concern to employers of labor, teachers, etc. It is why some workplaces and schools restrict (or prohibit!) access to the smartphone.
Fortunately, there are proven ways to to gradually confront this menace, and overcome it, gradually. But the addict needs to decide first to kick the addiction. It all begins from there.
The first method is to minimize contact with the smartphone as much as possible. One of the prime means is to do elsewhere whatever is possible and not choose your smartphone as the first choice.
The real usefulness of the smartphone being available 24/7 is also the greatest menace, as it is just too accessible. Thus, the temptation is ever present.
It sounds crazy, but you may avoid responding to your mails on your smartphone, and use your laptop instead. This may or may not be possible depending on the nature of your work.
There is a business colleague who goes offline, deliberately, once he signs off work on Friday evening. I have tried fruitlessly to drag him to Whatsapp, but he says he has enough hassles during working days. He wants some somnolence during his off-duty weekends!.
Many years ago, responding to an email from a smartphone was unheard of. In some countries, the law prohibits the sending of emails to employees after work hours. Just a way to encourage work_life balance.
Disabling e-mail notifications is a great way to minimize interacting with your smartphone once it is after work hours .
You could also activate airplane mode. During the night, a good way to ensure non_disturbance is to activate this mode. That way, if you wish to read an eBook, listen to music, or watch a video, you are sure you are directly in control of those activities. Calls, emails,SMS, Instant Messages, etc, would not come be able to come in to disturb your peace, especially at night. The less your interaction with this object of temptation, the better, remember?
The airplane mode disables connections to 4G networks, wifi, GPS and Bluetooth.
Set a limit to your smartphone usage. There are apps that can be use to track and limit the frequency and period of time you spend on your phone (applications). For apps (say, Facebook) that you tend to use compulsively excessively, simply set limits to the time of use per day, or, the days of use. It is like setting a financial budget.
By gradually limiting how long you spend with hour smartphone , you gradually reduce your addiction, and hopefully, gradually, eliminate it..
Deactivate The Notifications
Addictions start and are reinforced through repetition The deluge of notifications from applications like Whatsapp. Telegram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, etc, are the prime factors that feed smartphone addiction. While they conte connect people, they also alienate them in some ways.
By altering the settings of your phone so you do not get distracted by relentless notifications, you get to have some despite, and the addiction would hopefully atrophy..
Quit using your phone as an Alarm Clock. Yes; your smartphone is one of the most versatile tools ever made. But we want to loosen the addictive hold here.
It is recommended that you use a real alarm.ckock rather than your smartphone. This is because, if your immediate waking hours entails making a move to deactivate your alarm, the temptation to start mindlessly browsing, checking emails and chatting may kick in too easily, perpetuating the vicious addictive cycle .
Become aware of the time spent on your phone today. And break loose, even while making great taking advantage of this great tool to improve the quality of your activities..