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Seven tips to help you kill the urge to fidget with your smartphone

Seven tips to help you kill the urge to fidget with your smartphone

Did you know that most people check their phone every 15 minutes or less, even if they have no alerts or notifications? This is connected to FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Studies have shown that spending too much time on your phone is bad for your focus and mental health. Researchers are still trying to figure out what the long-term effects are. Here are 7 simple tips to cut down on your phone use.

 

1. Don’t take your smartphone to bed with you

Use a regular alarm clock to wake up in the morning, rather than your phone. Stop making your phone be the last thing you see at night and the first thing you check in the morning.

 

2. Set a schedule and stick to it

Start with every 15 minutes, then move to every half hour, every 45 minutes, or every hour. If you decide to do this, it’s a good idea to tell friends and family that you may not be responding to their messages as quickly as they are used to you to. By the way, there are app for this!

 

3. Turn off push notifications

Do you really have to be notified every single time your photo on Insta or Facebook is ‘liked’? Just turn off push notifications for as many apps as you can

 

4. Reduce scrolling

Many of the most popular mobile apps are designed with infinite scrolling functions, where you can consume an endless feed of information. However, infinite scrolling can make it easy to lose track of time. Give your self a set time for scrolling and stop when it’s over (or when you realise that you are not actually reading the never-ending information you are scrolling through).

 

5. Remove as many apps as you can from your home screen

If you have to specifically seek out an app to use it, you’ll cut down on the ‘accidental usage’ that happens when you just start tapping around on your phone.

 

6. Remove temptation

Simple - charge your phone in another room (and ‘silent’ the notifications).

 

7. Go offline at certain times of the day

Create windows when you are not available (let people know so they don’t ‘panic’ if they try to contact you), such as dinnertime, you begin to teach yourself how to limit your availability. You also teach others not to expect you to be constantly available.

 

Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
Images Sourced from Unsplash.com & Pixabay.com

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