You probably have a cell phone in your hand right now while reading this article about reducing your smartphone addiction. How ironic?
We are the internet generation. We have cellphones in our hands while we eat, walk, talk, even during class. The smartphone addiction has taken the joys of peaceful pooping away from us, too. Gone are the days when you had to grab a nearby bottle of shampoo to read its labels while you were on the toilet. Now, you take the cellphones with you to the bathroom. And only get up after 40 minutes of browsing memes. Our forefathers would be so proud, if only they could see us now.
Deep down in your heart, you know this isn’t right. And that is why you are here. You want to do it; you don’t know how to. Don’t worry; I got you covered.
The world won’t end if you don’t post everything about you on social media
You read that right, trust me it won’t make even a bit of difference if you started posting twice a week instead of twice a day. Oh, wait. It would make one hell of a difference. But not in the dimension in which you think it would. It will have a massive positive impact on your lifestyle. Posting everything on social media gives rise to an additional need in you, a need to earn people’s approval. Whenever you post anything, almost always you become desperate for likes, shares, comments, in short, you become attention hungry. It snatches your mental peace from you.
So for the sake of your mental peace, realize the fact that social media addiction is going to get you nowhere. However, not having it on your mind 24/7 is going to get you places.
Don’t check your phone the first thing in the morning
The first thing that you do in the morning signifies your priorities. The thing you think about as soon as you wake up is a reflection of who you are as a person. So try not to check your phone at least an hour after you wake up. Use that time to meditate instead. Drink glass of water, give yourself a ‘positive talk,’ or set your schedule for the day in that hour. Remember, the online world was okay when you were asleep; it will be okay if you don’t show up for another hour, too.
Restrict your phone use during some activities
That’s right. Try not to use your phone while you are performing activities such as eating, walking, having a face to face conversation with someone, during class or when you go to the bathroom. When you learn how to do that with peace, you’ll eventually start learning how to be patient with your use of technology.
Practice all these basic techniques to limit your smartphone addiction. At the same time, if you exhibit enough self-control, you may also delete the apps you think are wasting most of your time. You need to take significant steps if you want to make any progress in this regard.
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