Top Tips for Reducing Your Phone Usage
It’s no surprise that most of us spend the better part of our days stuck to our smartphones, given that these little devices have seemed to replace so many other items that we used to need. From daily essentials like alarm clocks and calendars to hobbies like photography and shopping, you can do it all from the palm of your hand.
But with all of this “convenience” raises another serious problem: smartphone addiction. We’ve gotten so used to having our cellular devices with us at all times and checking them frequently that it seems almost impossible to go even an hour without them in your hand. In the most extreme situations, this can lead to several physical and mental health problems, ranging from insomnia and bad posture to societal issues and poor eyesight.
This also begs the question of whether smartphones are actually doing us more damage than good?
Well, in today’s day and age, living without a phone is near impossible, and they actually do provide a lot of benefits. And there are certain things you can do to limit the negative effects of smartphone usage, namely reducing the amount of time you spend on them.
Here are 5 top tips for reducing phone usage.
1. Use an Actual Alarm Clock
As we mentioned above, smartphones have replaced the need for a traditional alarm clock. But this also means that your phone is the last thing you see in the night and the first thing you see when you wake up. And let’s be honest, most of us lack the self-control to just turn the alarm on/off and just go to sleep.
A 2017 study found that “social media use in the 30 minutes before bed is independently associated with disturbed sleep among young adults”. So the best thing to do would be to charge your phone far away from the bed (preferably even in another room) and invest in an actual alarm clock.