3 ideas for controlling your smartphone usage
The first step towards a solution is to acknowledge the problem. In a survey conducted already in 2019, 61% of young people aged 18-24 thought that they were addicted to smartphone. After the first step, the journey to a healthy relationship with a smartphone begins. For habits where every free moment doesn’t have to be spent by tapping the glowing screen. (In average we tap or swipe massive 2617 times a day.)
Keep track of when you grab your smartphone
Is there a moment in your daily activities when you seem to grab a phone from Pavlov’s reflex? First, try to recognize these moments in yourself and not immediately start with restricting yourself. Try to find out why you subconsciously grab your smartphone at certain times? This can be boredom, a stressful situation, looking for side effects, or many other reasons. If you can find those moments in yourself when your smartphone compensates, replaces, or relieves one of your emotions, you can consciously control that emotion and at some point cope without your smartphone. At lunch, you can also look out the window or have a an in person conversation, and you don’t always have to read the news, etc. in the toilet (with 96% of the Z-generation always going to the toilet with a mobile phone).
Make an informed choice for smart free time every day
Habits become unhealthy if they become to influence too much life or start to interfere with normal habits. That is why it is worth reducing the amount of the smart world in our daily lives in any case, because when phones were significantly dummer in our pockets, everything was done the same way. We got together in the cafe, went for a walk and went on dates before Tinder. To do this, you might think that if you go for a walk, you don’t really need to take your phone with you. For example make a deal with yourself that you will only use the phone in the morning if all the things you need to do before work are done, and so on. The smart free period helps to put activities in perspective, to direct thoughts to new paths, to communicate with people in real life and much more.
Keep your focus
If a conscious time for smart activities is a good start, then the next step is to focus on one task or goal and achieve it, and not pick up your smartphone in the meantime. According to various approaches, an ideal working period is an ideal period of 40 minutes. After that, you should refresh yourself for a while. Whether this should be in companion with an smartphone is another question, but if you have successfully focused on your task for 40 minutes without diving into the smart world, then this is already a good result.