Do you check your smartphone constantly? Do you panic if you think you’ve left the house without it? I’ve noticed that I can’t even leave the room without picking it up and taking it with me. Now you might say this isn’t an addiction but it comes pretty darn close. I love the convenience of being able to check the weather, keep up with emails from the office and text my friends but all of this comes at a high cost. We’re “always on” so what can you do about breaking a smartphone habit?
Here are a few easy steps to help…
Turn off notifications
Many apps have annoying notifications that entice you to pick up your phone and check what’s going on in the digital world. I generally turn them all off with the exception of text messaging notifications.
Set Quiet Hours
Quiet hours allow you to set times when you don’t want to be disturbed by notifications on your phone. You can choose to not receive calls or specific types of notifications during hours when you don’t want to be disturbed. You can select contacts that will be able to call you in an emergency just in case you’re worried about being completely out of touch.
Select times each day when you’ll be Tech Free. Put your phone away during lunch. Choose not to tweet during your favorite TV shows. Have a screen free/device free evening?
Stop using your phone while driving!
Not only will this reduce your addiction but it can save your life and the lives of others. A study by Car and Driver magazine showed that texting while driving more negatively impairs a driver’s ability than driving drunk! I can’t tell you how many times I see drivers holding handsets to their heads while driving or trying to text. There is no message or call important enough to take the risk. Put the phone away and if you must use it, please use Bluetooth so you can talk hands free.