Be Smarter than your Smartphone

Okay, let’s date ourselves.B12-1

If you can remember stopping on a street corner, at a gas station, or in the grocery store lobby to use a pay phone to call your mom or dad, or a secret friend, then we grew up in the same era.

With the drop of a dime, the pay phone was our savior in emergencies, our check-in point to our parents, and the way to arrange clandestine rendezvous.

Today we have smartphones, making pay phones a relic of the past. But now we’re accessible to each other, to information, and to entertainment 24/7. And it’s driving some of us a little cray-cray.

Can’t live without it

We all can attest to the benefits of smartphones, convenience being a major one. But for all the good ways smartphones work for us, there are just as many bad ways smartphones work against us…addiction being a major one. Smartphone addicts B12-2experience a release of dopamine whenever they receive an email, text message, or some other type of notification.

Eighty-two percent of the world’s adult population currently uses a mobile phone; eighty-four percent reports being unable to go a single day without using it, while twenty-five percent is checking it every 30 minutes.

We keep it at our bedsides to check throughout the night and it’s the first thing we reach for when we wake up in the morning. It interferes with dates, conversations, and even sex. Students can’t put it down in class and adults can’t put it down at work. Even babies put it up to their ears and start babbling. Recent research shows that young people are most likely to find cell phones so indispensable, that they feel like they can’t live without them.

Stay in control

Feeling anxious or irritable when you don’t have your cell phone, signals addictive behavior. Being unable or unwilling to do without its constant stimulation increases B12-3disengagement and isolation. Spending more time interacting on social media rather than face-to-face in your relationship puts you at risk for problems.

So while there’s no argument that smartphones make our lives easier, it’s up to you to control how much you use it. Create daily time periods when you put it down and leave it down; or establish no cell phone zones in your home. If you don’t, you run the risk of your smartphone jeopardizing your mental health, which will make your smartphone smarter than you.

#smartphones  #controlyourphone   #nocellphonezone

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