Are you addicted to your phone?
It's not difficult to see that digital addiction is real. In fact, you just have to think about the 2,600 times we touch our phones every day to realize that this digital addiction is consuming our time. We even have the feeling to lose control if we forget our phone temporarily.
This can have real consequences in your social life. For example, you could offend a friend if you answer a message while he is talking to you. However, we must also recognize that technologies can also make us more connected than ever before: colleagues can work together from different places, we can keep in touch with friends living in any other part of the planet, and grandparents can communicate directly with their grandchildren.
So how do we avoid the potential negative effects of technology while still enjoying its benefits?
Addicted or not?
The best way to determine if you spend too much time on your phone is to ask yourself these two questions:
- When you are spending time on your phone, what are you going? Is it consistent with your values and priorities?
- How could the addictive use of the phone affect your life?
If you feel that you enjoy spending time on your phone, without having an impact on your sleep, your work or your social relationships, don't worry too much about it. If on the contrary, the presence of your phone can limit your productivity at work and your ability to build relationships with others, this could have consequences in your life.
You might be addicted to your phone if you identify yourself with any (s) of these situations:
- I feel extremely anxious when my phone's battery is running out;
- If my phone is under 50%, I start to plan how/where I am going to charge it;
- Looking at my phone is the last thing I do before sleeping and the first thing I do when I wake up;
- My phone is on the table when I am having dinner/drinks with friends;
- I keep my smartphone in bed while I sleep;
- I always use my phone while I am in the bathroom;
- I panic if I wasted all my data;
- I panic if I forgot my phone at home;
Do you recognize yourself in any of these descriptions?
If you think that using your mobile phone has a negative impact on certain things in your life, it may be wise to put your phone out of your sight and earshot at some moment. It will allow you to think about more complex tasks without interruption or even get more involved with those around you.
The important thing is to learn to manage your priorities daily, take the time for the people in front of us, but also appreciate the moments of "emptiness." Today, when we have some free time, most of us fill that emptiness by scrolling their Instagram, Facebook or Twitter timeline.
Finding balance means, for example, leaving your mobile phone aside during a romantic dinner and during intimate moments. Make the most of these moments for both of you, essential in the life of a couple. The same when you are taking a bath, your phone has nothing to do near the bathtub...
Limitation of use
Now, some social networks have a new function to limit the time you are spending on them. This system allows the user to verify the amount of time dedicated to social networks, set an alarm when a screen time limit is reached or silence the notifications for a period. If a message appeared on your phone screen saying: 'You have been using this application for five hours', you would surely say, "Wow, that's a lot. What a waste of time!"-. This is a good way to make sure your time is well spent.