We all have emotions and we’re all looking for ways to connect. Enter, the Smartphone.
When we don’t connect we feel rejection. Where there is rejection, there is obsession. Where there is rejection, there is loss. When you are in this state, you’re not quite feeling the love. And, down the rabbit hole we go. The smartphone seems to be an extension of ourselves, a best friend, even a soul mate. So the loss can be similar to losing a best friend. By loss, I mean leaving it at home or being away from it for a period of time. Smartphone use is now considered an addiction for some. Are you addicted? Take the test and find out.
We say and we believe we don’t have enough time. But we have time to check our phones. Here’s the latest:
*Nomophobia - fear of being without your smartphone- affects 40% of the population.
**70 percent of women have phone separation anxiety, as opposed to 61 percent of men.
***The participants checked their phones an average of 85 times a day each, which was roughly double what they estimated. And young adults used their phones an average of five hours a day — that’s roughly one-third of their total waking hours.
Do you need to put your phone in a time out?
We scroll through people’s highlights or all time lows. We compare our lives to other’s lives. We believe that what we see is real and that other’s are off living this fabulous life while we’re at home sulking over a half pint of ice cream or worse. The habit is fueling anxiety, increasing stress and causing increased loneliness and depression. Among bad habits, it’s diminishing our ability to concentrate, disrupting our sleep and causing us to become more self absorbed. Does this bathroom selfie make me look hot?
Do you feel overwhelmed with all there is to do in a day? Do you have FOMO aka Fear Of Missing Out? Here are 3 tools to help you manage those distractions and create better habits for yourself.
1. Create a sleep hygiene habit by removing the phone from your bedroom. The radiation that’s emitted could be interrupting your sleep. If you must have it in your room, put your phone on airplane mode overnight and switch to blue light filter to block the waves that trigger you to keep awake.
2. Create time blocks in your schedule where you will check your email. Create time to send emails and reply to emails. Get in, get out. Your inbox is a convenient filing system for other people’s agenda and could get you caught in the trap of getting everything else done besides your to-do list.
3. Install an app if you need more disciplines. Rescue Time website claims to give you back an average of nearly four hours each week that you would have spent on social media. Facebook Limiter allows you to block Facebook and YouTube and Minutes Please controls the amount of time on the web.
I’d love to hear how many hours of time you have freed up by putting your phone in time out.