These addiction statistics are quite overwhelming:
- The typical cell phone user touches his or her phone 2,617 times every day. 2,617 times!
- Most people, on average, spend 3 hours and 15 minutes on their phones each day.
- Half of all phone pickups happen within 3 minutes of a previous one.
And the impact of this usage is staggering:
- Reducing the quality of conversations.
- Adversely impacting short-term memory and problem solving.
- Negatively affecting our sleep patterns.
- Resulting in more negativity, distress, and less emotional recovery in young children.
- Increasing obesity.
- And the positive correlation between smartphone addiction and depression is alarming.
You would think, given the statistics and what we know to be true about cell phone usage, it would be easy to put down and walk away. But I can attest the technology addiction struggle is real.
As a parent of two who makes his living online in this modern world, I know full-well the addictive nature of mobile devices and how great the internal battle is to harness the benefits of our smartphones without falling prey to its intentionally addictive design.
Nor do I miss the ironic fact that many of you are reading this very article on your phone.
Phones are good and helpful… you are able to read this article right now because of it. But we know all too well they also have the potential to become a negative presence in our life if we allow them.
So how do we keep cell phone usage in proper alignment with our lives? What are some tools or ideas to help us cut down on our cell phone usage?
Here is a list of seven I have used myself or learned from others:
7 Proven Ways to Break Your Cell Phone Addiction
1. Set aside one day/week.
This is, by far, the most common approach I see among people who have taken intentional steps to curb their cell phone habit nowadays. But I credit Tammy Strobel for being the first person I heard talk about it—almost ten years ago. Choose one day each week (usually a Saturday and Sunday) and set your phone aside. That’s it, make a habit of it.
2. Use a 30-Day Experiment to reset your usage.
For me personally, this has been the most helpful way to break my cell phone habit. My cell phone use, when not intentionally limited, tends to take over more and more of my free time. It happens unintentionally and quietly—I don’t even seem to notice it happening.
Seven years ago, I gave up my smartphone for Lent and used it only for calling and texting (no other apps allowed—even maps and photos). It was a 40-day period of reset that helped me align my usage with more important pursuits in life. Since that first experiment, I have used the 30-day reset two additional times—each with great success.
3. Use apps to bolster self-control.
There are apps for almost every problem in life. In fact, there are even some wonderful apps built to help us limit our time on our devices. Here are some of my favorites:
Space. Set goals and track your daily progress to manage your habits.
Forest. ($1.99) Stay focused, be present. Forest is a beautifully designed app that brings gamification to productivity and results in real trees being planted based on your personal phone use habits.
Moment. Through short, daily exercises, Moment helps you use your phone in a healthy way.
Flipd. Lock away distracting apps for complete focus.
Screentime. Set daily usage limits on your phone or specific apps.
4. Don’t charge your phone near your bed.
Want to know the best way to keep your kids off their phones too much? Don’t allow them to charge their phones in their bedroom.
Want to know a great way to keep yourself off your phone? Don’t charge it in your bedroom.
Many of the negative effects of overuse (poor sleep, hindered communication and intimacy) can be eliminated by keeping your cell phone out of your bedroom. As with many of the items on this list, this is a principle I’ve found personally helpful.
5. Put your phone away when you walk in the door.
Christopher Mims writes a weekly technology column for The Wall Street Journal—a job that certainly requires the use of tech on a consistent basis. His simple and proven way to keep life in healthy balance with his cell phone is to put it in a kitchen cabinet at the end of the workday. In his words, “The more you physically remove the phone, the more you can build a habit of having some ability to ignore it when it’s on your person.”
When you finish your day of work, put your phone in a drawer or cabinet. This is a helpful practice for all people, but I think it is especially important if you have kids or a spouse at home in need of our undivided attention.
6. Change your phone settings.
Among the most often suggested ideas for reducing cell phone usage, you find tips and tricks by simply changing the settings on your phone.
The most common suggested ideas:
- Turn off notifications
- Set screen to black-and-white
- Remove distraction-based apps from your home screen
- Set a longer passcode
- Use airplane mode
- Turn on do not disturb
In my opinion, turning off notifications is something everyone should do regardless of how habitual their cell phone use is. Just because someone in the world wants to text you, email you, or tag you in a post on Facebook doesn’t mean they deserve your attention. My cell phone screen is not currently set to grayscale, but I have found that setting helpful in the past.
7. Put a hairband around your phone.
In one of the most thoughtful personal stories I’ve ever read on how to overcome cell phone addiction, Brad Soroka recommends placing a hairband around your cell phone. When placed in the middle of the phone, the hairband allows users to answer phone calls easily, but makes other uses of the phone more difficult (including simple texting).
In his words, “Every time you want to use your phone, this brings about a mindfulness exercise and makes you ask ‘what is my intention?’ If you really want to use the phone, set your intention for why, and remove the hair band.”
The hairband trick is not about making your phone impossible to use. The practice is about bringing greater mindfulness to each specific use of it… as opposed to mindlessly unlocking your phone every 3 minutes.
When used as a collection of tools to improve my work, health, parenting, and life, cell phones are wonderful and bring countless benefits. But when used mindlessly and unintentionally, they become a distraction from the things in life that matter most—in addition to the negative effects listed above.
Learning how to use our smartphones effectively may be one of the most important life skills any of us can learn.
Zahid Hasan Jim says
When i was a kid,i had no phone.tv was our only entertainment source.but it didn’t interupt my studies because i was only allowed to watch tv from 4 to 5 pm.you can use this method on phones too.
It’s crazy how you tell to download different apps to people with cell phone addiction
Mel O says
This was super helpful. My phone use has been sucking the joy out of everyday life so it’s just what I needed to hear!
Crazy how you read the article and didn’t take anything away from it. The apps help reduce your phone usage.
phone is my pocket daily how can i avoid my phone
Where did it say you needed to avoid it? These are just tips for those who have bad cell phone habits.
Muhammad Azeem says
I love the 7 number suggestion – it’s so funny! And an extra tip.
Glad you liked it champ , support us so we can publish more interesting information.
I’m a weird person so ima just say this right out. I don’t own a cell phone but whenever I’m around my friends who do I can’t seem to stop watching their cell phone nor am I great at turning the TV off or overly obsessing about the family computer. If none of these things work what will? Any advice? I’m all ears.
only thing i have to comment on is the hairband method, reminds me of the hairband method in people with eating disorders and it doesn’t work, if you were to use this method its basically like trying to teach yourself self control by forcing yourself to not move the band, everything else seems helpful though.
I don’t think that’s the intention. I think it’s there as a physical reminder to yourself that you’re trying to reduce your usage, and to ask yourself if you really want to use it on that occasion.
A human says
Uninstall the app
Keep yourself on a schedule
I hope this will help
I have an old phone but my fast smartphone is the movement
I have an old clock radio next to my bed, And, I don’t play games. I try to have a book around so I have something to read. I’m not into the social one-upmanship of talking about which level I’m on while playing a solitary game with people
I am happy for you but what does this have to do with this article?
lol get outta here
I spend a lot of my time playing games on my mobile phone. How can I stop myself from this habit?
Read the Bible
Pray the deliverence prayer 4 self.
Bless n surrender urself b4 u touch.
Go for confession
Sit b4 the blessed sacrament
God bless you
Dude. Not everyone is religious. It’s like if you were struggling with something terrible you did, and I said, “Well, just stop believing in God!” I respect all people, no matter their religion, race or beliefs—but when you try to force your ways upon others without asking, I personally think that that is incredibly rude. I know you didn’t say that to me specifically, but I want to let you know that most people find it extremely irritable when you do things like that.
“Respect.” “Force.” “Most people.”
How would one “ask first,” in one-shot public comments? Did you ask first before forcing your ways upon the previous comment?
gfkjnv , says
just break ur phone ye
10/10 cost efficiency, completely recommend.
Try exchanging it for another habit. It could be anything you like, including: reading, writing, walking, painting, baking, playing physical games, etc.
All cost money I don’t have people with money aren’t on their cell phones probably because they can travel go on vacations to places you get what I’m saying and you can say I’m wrong but if I had money that’s what I would do travel . Wouldn’t be on my phone
We spend $28 per month for 2 phones with unlimited calls and texting. Cheap way to keep in touch with those we love. Also helpful for the numerous nights when pain keeps sleeping far away. I play card games. Helps keep my mind occupied…when pain will not allow reading as a choice
Emily Marx says
May I inquire what fone co. Charges such reasonable rates ?
Change your perspective. Cook some food, buy some cheap wine, go on a walk, check out your local music stores, antique shops. Go to the beach, lake, park, you don’t have to consume all the time many of these leisures are being forgotten. I remember I had a date with a woman we made pizza from scratch cost me less than 20$. The perspective is what needs changing in many post modern “problems”
Paula Lawson says
You don’t need to have money to find other things to do besides staying on your phone.
Things do do that are free:
Go for a walk
Sit outside on a nice day and enjoy nature
Work crossword or other puzzles (on paper, not digitally)
Check out books from the library and read them
Meet a friend at the park and bring a picnic lunch. Enjoy just talking to them
Volunteer to help at a homeless shelter, food bank, church, school, etc.
Call a friend or family member and have a conversation, invite them over for a meal.
Things that cost very little:
Find a hobby you enjoy: knitting, embroidery, painting, drawing, whittling wood, collecting stamps or coins, teach yourself to juggle, start a vegetable or flower garden, take up chess, find activities or classes through your community centers, scrapbook, learn origami. Both of these lists are just the tip of the iceberg.
Using the excuse that you can’t travel so you have to stay addicted to your phone is a cop out.
I’d say either uninstall them or use one of those apps that limit use of other apps
Nell Teagarden says
I found the hairband Becker mentions to be the key if u truly want to take your life & time back. = visual reminder !
2nd). Have a list of 3 things on the back of your fone under the rubber band =
Activities that u love to do and miss in your life.
Next step very important:
Set up the activity needs somewhere so you’re all ready to dive into the real activity, = success, instead of the mindless unreal time waster of playing games.
Google “Don’t break the chain” which is a method of charting for three months things you really want to do each day and by doing don’t break the chain as you replace the game playing with activities you really love to do it helps spur you on because you don’t wanna break the chain of this daily or weekly whatever it is record of your accomplishment.
Jerry Seinfeld went from being an overweight messy bachelor to a number one primetime comedian ( fulfilling his goals), by doing “don’t break the chain.
He started every day crossing off the box for doing his dishes, his laundry and cleaning up his apt. and working out & working on jokes ~ pushing himself to audition as a comedian and voila ! look where he went
I think don’t break the chain should be taught in every school to teach children that we need these inspiring methods to help us attain things we want to do because “life gets in the way” truly does and the radiation with our screens are so addictive, oh my god it’s so detrimental all I can say is I miss the good old days when we didn’t spend five hours or more on a stupid addictive radiation emitting device I want my life back, how about you ?!
I wish you all the best in getting yours back too, everyone !
🌸 Love and Happiness,
P.S. “Live as if you were
to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were
to live forever.”
If we were to die tomorrow I believe many of us will regret all the years we’ve wasted on our phones instead of living our lives to the fullest and making our lives better for ourselves and others.
Carpe Diem !
( Seize The Day ) !
woww this was actually inspirational thank you for this>> :))
I really enjoyed the experience of all people. The article is so interesting and useful. Thanks for sharing this type of post.
Read the Bible
Pray the deliverence prayer 4 self.
Bless n surrender urself b4 u touch.
Go for confession
Sit b4 the blessed sacrament
God bless you
i am so addicted to movies
growth focus life coach says
usually when you use something there’s a deeper meaning behind our actions. Once you understand the deeper meaning you could address the problem.
be curious about your actions and ask yourself
What feeling do you from the movies?
What healthy actions could you do to feel those feeling?
Set a timer or two and pace yourself so you don’t waste hrs. on films. I am like you, truly love film and the timers really help. Also have a list with things you need & want to do by your side
(clipboard). You can also make a list of things to do while watching a film.
Jump on a mini trampoline for great exercise, during a film.
Good Luck, you’ve got this !
C Rose says
Reading the Holy Scriptures is NOT an occasion for the use of a mind or body dealing with chronic severe pain. I have been a daily student of the Word of our Creator for over 50 years. The study of the Truth takes a mind able to focus. It is not simply a talsman to comfort. God’s Word takes effort to comprehend..is not to be taken lightly. I confess ONLY to God. It needs no Middle man in human form. The ONLY mediator between mankind and our Creator is His Son— Christ Jesus. Not some other human.. another just as imperfect as I
I really enjoyed the experience of all. The article is so interesting and useful. Thanks for post
AMIT BISWAS says
i am 18 years old struggling to focus on my dream. tough i want to live my dreams passionately but the addiction to mobile is way too real..
i am leaving this comment an 30 days back i would be back to tell people if i got over my problems
Bookie Blink says
I feel the same way you do. Hence, I am going to take up the 30 day experiment. I will also come back and tell you all if I was able to quit my addiction
Good for you Amit. How are you going? I think it’s great you have recognised the issue. The real problem is for people who don’t see the effects. I’m sure you can do this!
So… did you make it?
This information is very useful for us. this blog is very good and helpful.
Kathy S. says
I still don’t have one. I have a home phone and desktop computer. People are shocked and ask me how I function. There have been a couple times a phone would’ve been convenient, but to me it isn’t worth the expense to my health, physically or emotionally, or to my bank account.
I have a flip phone in my car for an emergency. I don’t even know the number, and I don’t get any calls on it. I’m happy, and I do not wish to take selfies and photos of what I’m eating to share on Facebook.
I use my phone alarm to wake up in the morning. Is there a good alarm clock you recomend, so I can leave my phone outside my bedroom?
I have an old clock-radio next to my bed, when I need the alarm, and always leave my smartphone for recharging in our living room when I go to bed.
Michelle Cheuk says
I use the alarm on Alexa in my room. That way I can get rid of the phone from my room.
Buy an Analog Alarm Clock
im looking at this cah im having a debate at school in english about the positivities and negativities about phones, im looking at this so i can have an arguement for what they have to say im very thankful for this, its made a great help and i have a lot of ideas to put into my speech now :)
When was this text published?
6 December 2040
Adam Preusser says
What about…..now bare with me here…..turning it the hell off!
a 13 year old says
Sometimes it isn’t that easy, actually. Many people use it for executive functioning and going through their day, and also may use it as a source of dopamine which some brains may lack, especially with ADHD. It really is not that simple and while you may not understand it, that’s really great for you. No sarcasm at all. I’m dead serious, that is really stellar, but people’s brains never really work the same, and so really your point is kind of dull.
Tinus Roep says
That’s why it’s called an addiction. If you say some people can’t do without, look back 30 years ;-)
And drug addict should just stop taking drugs. We know this, but easier said than done for others
Thank you for this article. I remember being intrigued and excited with the iphone when Steve Jobs first announced it. So many items in one device… I also remember a teacher I had in 1985 saying “one day we will all carry computers around with us” and we all laughed at him, imagining strapping gigantic Commodore 64 computers to our backs! And here we are with powerful computers that we just hand over to our children without a thought.
I recognize my dependence on my iphone and I try very hard not to let it control my life. Two weeks ago I had carpal tunnel release surgery — most definitely due in part to phone overuse. I also experience neck pain due to looking down so much. Your tips will help me towards my goal of living with a simple flip phone once more (baby steps).
I am saddened and deeply disappointed when I see my coworkers staring at their phones, rather than engaging with others. I miss the days of the boistrous staff room. I encourage you to put the phone away… free your hands and LOOK UP!!
Turning the phone display into grayscale has been very effective for me. you loose interest in looking at the phone.
So here’s my dilemma. My phone has a bunch of incredible useful apps. Fabulous fir habits, Meditation, podcasts, library books and others. It’s also the only way to watch movies or TV.
Even with YouTube I follow channels for educational purposes. How to reconcile being able to access those items but not get sucked into YouTube vortex.
All apps are ‘incredibly useful’ LOL
If you need an app to remind you to meditate then maybe reconsider how you meditate.
Reread and implement the tips on the article.
Place time limits in any one particular topic at Youtube University.
A cell phone is not the only way to watch television or movies.
If you choose to spend many hours a day looking at your phone that’s fine you may do as you wish. If you choose to put your device away and live life without using it for every task then you can choose to do that also.
Popcorn, it is unfortunately not that simple for everyone. I have ADHD, which makes executive, daily functioning a nightmare. Things that other people take for granted and don’t even give a second thought to are a daily struggle for me. I have great difficulty completing daily tasks, such as laundry, cleaning, and even remembering to eat and sleep. I need constant reminders, otherwise I WILL forget, and/or not do it. Not everyone’s brain works the same. :)
However, I do need to cut down on my phone use. I know I use it because I am seeking a dopamine source. I’ve found so far that using my favorite hobbies as a motivator to get off helps a bit.
Perfectly stated Anonymous! I, too, have adhd. I use the phone not only for that surge of dopamine, but all because I get stuck in the “Im a loser and never do anything right” cycle. Though I do miss the non-electronic things I used to try. Which is why I found this article.
Michelle Cheuk says
I use the app called AppBlock to limit the amount of time that I can spend on any particular app (e.g., YouTube).
Gbajimi Moses says
Nice Post . Really love it.
I will give it a try.
hi I’m only 11 (srry if I’m too young to be on this site) and I’m addicted to the phone that I “share” with my sister even though I take most of the time on it and my mom keeps yelling at me and she’s right but IDK how to just stop it and I don’t want her to get mad at me bc I don’t want to disappoint her but at the same time she doesn’t understand all the pressure I feel considering she was a multitasking A student who could clean the entire house in 30 min at the age of 10 and I just don’t know what to do bc I feel as if I just keep disappointing everyone but at the same time ik I only need to pls myself and she makes me do so much extracurricular educations junk and I just don’t know what to do with my useless life and I am pretty smart not to brag but that means I have to keep up that line so my “reputation” in the family doesn’t die and i just need mental help to fix my dumb life and im so srry i wasted all ur time to read my story but i want to write in a diary but i cant even put my secrets in there since my family is so nosey and here i go again idky i just write tooo much ughughguhgu ??????????????????☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️?????????????????????
i rlly hope this helps me ???
Just keep swimming kiddo. You’re never going to get everything in this life perfect. Celebrate the wins you have and be gentle with yourself about the growth you want. Try some of the tips here and see if you can cut back your usage maybe 10%
Even the small wins can help train your brain for the big ones.
Your words are encouraging. I hope they helped the young one and others.
trust me … your mom is just a human and not the super hero you view her as. you are doing great and you don’t need to compare yourself to anyone. make sure you are putting yourself first every single day. remember you are enough you are worthy even on days you feel lazy. i related to your comment and felt that way many times when growing up. i’m now 30 and realize how important it is to just be happy every day because life is so short. give yourself a big hug and remind yourself daily that you are perfect just as you are every single day of you life – the productive days and the lazy ones as well!
A mom says
I have 10 year olds who will be 11 in one month. You are a special and bright young person! I am delighted to hear you Express yourself so well! I am sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling good about yourself sometimes. I want you to know that even adults don’t always feel like they are doing everything right. Even though we push our kids to do the right thing we don’t always feel that we are doing our best either. You are special and you are loved! Just continue to do your best and your parents will continue to love you no matter what! Keep pushing and keep trying to do your best and guess what eventually things will fall into place. Keep your head up young person! Keep living life and keep doing what you feel is right and follow your parents wishes as best you can. You will get through this!
I’d like to add something very important for you to consider. Firstly, well done to you for recognising that you have a problem and seeking help!!
Secondly, and most importantly, when you experience all of your negative emotions and lack of self-esteem, please realise that you are not alone! Millions of people experience exactly what you’re experiencing. So, whenever you have those self-negative thoughts, remember this and be kinder to yourself. I hope this helps because it helps me, and it’s true. Take care.
Niyasi Jain says
You’re not alone! We are here to help! You matter and your thoughts matter!! I am 14 and I can totally relate to you! But just listen to your mom! She knows whats best! Just try to do her work before she even asks you! And also get better grades!
Prince Rajan Praveen says
I am having exams after one year and for a year I am addicted to the cell phone and now after reading this I have kept phone aside and I have started preparing for the exam thanks to the article.
I am going to do each of these. I know I’m addicted but hate being a slave to it. Thanks for the article.
Hey I am 17 and during quarantine my
screentime has gone up to 10-12 hours a day (?), even before quarantine it was probably around 8 hours (I’ve had a phone since I was 13, use social media, shop, do everything on it) and I am trying to cut down my obvious addiction before I fry my brain to no return. I have bought a few books and of course I have some hobbies to fill my
time with, but this will probably be like my 10th serious try to cut down so… we will see how it goes! these tips seem helpful.
Hope all goes well for you, girlie!! Keep trying ?? I’m a teen as well so hopeful I can try and curb my addiction through the run up to Christmas which will be hard tho lol
Maria Baeza says
Nowadays we are used to with our cellphones. sometimes we can’t work properly due to phone addiction. And after reading this blog i think I should try these amazing tricks for break my cell phone addiction. Thanks for sharing!
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Prasanth Nath says
We are living in an era where capturing moments using mobiles is more important than actually living these moments with people beside. Mobile phone is helping us to connect to someone who is far away and also it makes us far away to the person who is next to us. It is necessary to control ourselves from over usage of phones. Thank you for sharing a wonderful article.
Nancy Lee says
I battle with this every day, to the point that it diverts me from the quality time I could be going through with my children and kid, do they notice it. Children are so insightful. At the point when they see me on my telephone, they become pulled back and annoyed with me. Love placing your telephone in a cabinet when you return home.
Hi Joshua, thank you for the great tips.
I find it helps when I just delete the apps completely off my phone. The clutter that one can create digitally becomes a big burden to the mind.
I agree that we should all learn how to use these devices effectively and take more responsibility on our usage. Cheers.
The upsides of other people’s smart phone addiction for non smart phone addicts are : quieter crowded places.
Train travel is quiet now, most travellers are attending quietly to their phones, whereas in the past they were all talking loudly into them. I can read my book or just relax.
Restaurants are quieter too, I can have a conversation with my husband and hear his reply.
Mrs. Famnancial says
This is so great. I struggle with this daily, to the point that it distracts me from quality time I could be spending with my kids, and boy, do they notice it. Kids are so perceptive. When they see me on my phone, they become withdrawn and upset with me. Love the idea of putting your phone in a drawer when you get home. I would be interested also do see the research on how cell phone usage contributes to depression. I completely believe it, I would just like to know how. Love your blog, by the way. Long-time reader but just now got up the nerve to comment :)
Why you need a cell phone, first of all? Beacuse you can do everything on your compurter that managed by the cell phone other than calls. For calling you just need a bar mobile phone which has no features other than calling or sending sms.
My husband and I took the the Internet and anything to do with it, off our phone. Wifi off. Put on airplane mode. We can text and phone and send a pic we take on our phones to others. They can send us pics taken with their phone. That’s it.
Anything else we use our iPads for and since we leave our iPads at home when we go out, that doesn’t get a lot if usage. Mine gets used at night. I don’t own a laptop or computer. I check news and blogs & I have very few since I decluttered. It has made a difference.
If you need all that for work purposes I understand but why have it if you don’t. Get your books at a library. Remember how much fun that was. Try to visit in person, friends and family. Reconnect with the real world. Go shopping in a real store. Stop so much online shopping. Life is Out There! Get re-acquainted.
Joe S. says
LIFE IS FOR THE LIVING! So, get out there and start living! Love this!!
I have a 10 year old flip phone. And I’m 40 years old with three kids… it functions for making calls and sending an emergency text if I have to.
You can easily buy new flip phones. Cheaper too. l love mine.
Great for children, stops them getting addicted, but still in contact.
I have one, with big real buttons a screen, easy user interface.
It also takes photos and texts.
This is a good article.
Liberty @ Love Liberty Shelter says
I definitely needed this:)
Love the specific, little tweaks we can make to reign in cell phone usage and actually make it work for us!
My takeaways: start checking out real paper books from the library again, be done with the phone by a certain time in the evening, and get an old-fashioned alarm clock to replace our phones by the bed.
I agree. This is what I do. I settle into my bedroom with a book or magazine around 8 p.m. each night. While I do have my phone with me it’s tuned to the Rainy Mood app to drown out the city noise while I read and the sound helps me relax, but I turn my phone face down and don’t check it even if it pings. Most nights I start to doze off by 9:45 p.m. and then I know it’s time to put my phone away, still unchecked, in the living room and get tucked in for sleep. Even though I do have an alarm clock I often wake just before it goes off at 6 a.m. after a good nights sleep.
carl white says
very sad commentary that we are having to make rules for ourselves on how to break an addiction such as a cell phone. I am 73 and never had one, don’t need one and will not follow the masses in their quest to always “be there”. They began as a novelty, became an addiction, and now people must learn how to control this new addiction. Very sad.
joshua becker says
Thanks for the comment Carl. I would disagree that cell phones began as a novelty. They began (and continue to function) as tools for productivity and connectivity.
I have chosen not to have my email on my phone. They, can be 200 or more daily so they go to my desktop.
I have limited SM so I don’t have it (meaning FB mainly) on the phone.
And, I don’t play games. I try to have book around so I have something to read. I’m not into the social one-upmanship of talking about which level I’m on while playing a solitary game to people.
Speaking of books, I’m not fond of electronic ones (flipping the pages is nails on a blackboard for me).
My husband, Mr. I write computer code, does not have a cell phone as he says they are for the convenience of others. What did people do before they existed? He was called at home or at work. And he could call back at his convenience.* The very few times he has needed one, usually someone is around that will allow him to make a call.
* I agree with him on this: a lot of people sound really mad if you don’t answer your phone right away. I CALLED you and YOU DIDN’T answer!
Ann C says
I’m with you Abby. I use mine as a phone. I also receive texts, but no games, no emails and no FB. Oh the camera is probably my biggest offense. But I am of a generation that didn’t grow up with cell phones. Seeing families in restaurants not talking makes me sad. Love your husband’s attitude.
Thanks for a needed reminder. Our use of media has definitely become a substitute for real interactions. So sad to see couples at a restaurant waiting for their meal, heads down, both on their phones with no conversation happening. Then they will wonder why they are drifting apart.
laura ann says
Phone use in restaurants or while shopping for groceries: left brain disorder is lacking critical thinking skills, reasoning and logic. Probably genetic, or the left brain is dead air, yet so many have it. If eating out with anyone I know, they never use their phone during that time.
I’ve never liked cell phones, but I work as an Executive Assistant to two Co-Presidents so my phone is always on and close by. Prior to landing this job, I used to come home from work, turn my cell phone off, and leave it in my purse. I would only turn it back on again the next morning when I arrived at work again. I can’t do that now because my job doesn’t allow me to. If my bosses need me after-hours, they’ll text me and expect me to respond. I hate it. I’d love to be able to go back to my old cell phone habits.
Ann C says
Maybe you can discuss with your bosses the need for down time. Maybe you turn it off at 8 pm and back on at 8 am. Unless you are being compensated for 24/7 some consideration should be acceptable. Good luck!
Dee Nowak says
These are amazing tips! I used to put a little pebble or sea shell on top of my phone, and when I was forced to remove it to open my phone it really brought to light how often I was absentmindedly checking it..
Recently my Instagram app on my phone stopped working (I’ve got a very old version of Android), and when my first gut reaction was relief I knew there was no going back.
Suse Fishburne says
Great ideas, Joshua – love all you’re about. Another option of course, is not having a phone…
laura ann says
I rarely use the flip phone, have a chrome book for emailing and don’t like to talk on any phone unless necessary for appointments, getgting some info., or calling about when I’ll be home.. Phones stay off on week ends and have for many yrs. now retired, we keep the habit. I don’t take personal calls until mid afternoon weekdays. Mornings I get things done, errands. Unless it’s a business type call, I ignore calls going to voice.
Marilyn Luster says
That’s great Laura Ann, I don’t have a smart phone either. Flip phone ringer is off in the morning and evenings.