What is phone addiction?
Phone addiction is the obsessive use of a smartphone. The behavioral addiction is often dubbed as “nomophobia,” or the fear of being without a mobile device.
Why is it addictive?
Psychologists liken cell phones to slot machines. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that induces happiness. It is released every time we receive a message, alert, notification, etc., on our phones.
Signs And Symptoms Of Phone Addiction
●Lying about smartphone use.
●Loved ones expressing concern.
●Neglect or trouble completing duties at work, school, or home.
●More and more time using a phone.
●Checking peoples' profiles repeatedly due to anxiety.
●Accidents or injury due to phone use.
●Working later to complete tasks.
What happens when you are addicted to phone?
Headaches, weakened eyesight, sleep disorders, depression, stress, social isolation, aggressive behaviour, as well as no or low professional growth are some of the problems that a person addicted to phone may undergo.
Tips on how to manage your cellphone addiction
● Set boundaries with your phone
If you’re concerned about the amount of time you’re spending on your phone, it may be a good idea to set limits.
Most smartphones have built-in functions to help you track and limit usage. On Apple, you can find this option under Screen Time, and on Android, it’s under Digital wellbeing.
●Keep yourself on a schedule.
●Turn off as many push notifications as possible.
>If you turn the notification off, you won't have a temptation to check another notice. In case you're afraid to miss something important, start with turning the sound off.
●Take distracting apps off your home screen.
●Kick your device out of bed.
>The phone next to your bed means it's within touching distance so you're likely to check it before sleep or as soon as you wake up. So putting your gadget away will not only help you to become less addicted to your phone but also promote quick falling asleep and easy waking up in the morning.
●If you have a smart speaker, put it to use.
●Try turning on your phone's grayscale.
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