How to break your phone addiction


Have a no-phone zone

Create a safe zone for yourself where you promise not to touch or even have your phone within close proximity. This could be either in the car, when walking or in the office. Research published on Science Daily links the lack of academic performance to phone addiction. If you feel your phone is any way a barrier in your overall performance at work or school then a ‘no-phone’ zone will help you change this.

Create a limit for yourself

Surely you can survive without reading those marketing messages from your service provider for the next hour. Setting different alert tones for texts, social media and emails can help you limit the number of times you check your phone because you’ll know which alert is important.

Replace it

Breaking this habit will seem rather impossible if you don’t substitute it with something else. To avoid grinding your teeth trying to fight the urge to check your phone, have an item close by that you makes you relax. It could be a book or a musical instrument. By doing this you’re replacing a bad habit with a good one. Who knows, you could find yourself with collecting more books than apps.

Delete unnecessary apps

Ever heard people say ‘my phone is my life?’ This is true because there’s literally an app for everything. What you don’t realise is that this creates dependency to our smartphones. A report published on Techcrunch shows that an average American has nine apps on their phones that are all running at the same time. While in SA we’re ranked 5th in the world for mobile date usage. An average South African uses nine apps a day, this is according to the Business tech. 

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