How long do you use your smartphone in one day? Maybe you will be surprised by the answer. According to psychological research by several UK universities in 2018, young adults between the ages of 18-33 are already using their smartphones twice as long as they believe.
Actually, I also rely on some of my needs on a smartphone, such as to check email, make a work schedule with Google Calendar or trying to find direction to someplace with Waze. It is undeniable that now almost anything can be done at your fingertips, but it is also worrying if we rely heavily on smartphones. What about life outside of our smartphones? Let’s start using our smartphone in a controlled manner, so it’s not you who is controlled by your smartphone. Let’s check out these few tips:
Once you wake up in the morning, don’t check your smartphone. This is very common for many people, when you just open your eyes, still lie down and then immediately pick up your smartphone. You immediately see dozens of emails or news notifications and who likes your Instagram photos. This can make you start the day with stress that often carries over to the rest of your day. Perhaps you can try to change this pattern by making small changes. For example, when you just open your eyes, say gratitude for all the goodness you have at your present time. Or just take 5 minutes meditation.
Tell yourself: if I don’t hold it, then I won’t think about it. When you are socializing with your friends, family or colleagues outside of working hours, put your smartphone in your bag or your pocket shirt . Then give yourself time to check your smartphone every 15 minutes at the earliest. If you are always holding a smartphone, you will lose the mentally healthy process of information exchange, feelings and face-to-face communication.
Stop using your smartphone before your bedtime. At night, set a time to stop using your smartphone or internet through your computer and start connecting yourself with your surroundings; the condition of your home, children, or your spouse. Do it at least 2 hours before your bedtime. If you don’t want to turn it off, at least give your smartphone a night mode.
Consider using a parental controls app for yourself. For example, use the disable application when you want to send a short message while driving.
Remind yourself that a smartphone is just a tool, not your whole life. If your phone accidentally missed at home, especially at the end of the week, no need to panic right away. The world will not immediately end up. Having a communication tool is important in this day and age, but it is not an obligation to be held constantly like most people.
If the above things are difficult for you to do, be careful, it could be that you have been controlled by your smartphone and this is not good for your mental health!