If you detect these four things in your mobile use habits, you probably are addicted to it.
Adopting new habits is a really simple endeavour. Creating new positive habits to live by is noticeably more difficult, however, adopting new negative habits is very easy. The hard part is to get rid of them.
That black crystal is calling you. Maybe it has something to tell you, maybe it just wants all your attention.
The growing utility of smartphones is only comparable to the constant increase in their ability to kidnap our minds.
According to a Dscout survey, we touch the screens of our phones an average of 2,617 times a day.
For more active users, the number is doubled to 5,247 interactions.
The figures are far from our more than 20,000 daily flickers, but they are not bad for a habit that is neither a biological function nor was part of our customs a few decades ago. How can we know if it is getting out of hand?
According to Data Detox, a guide created by Tactical Tech and endorsed by Mozilla to take the reins of our online life, there are four indications that the siren songs that come out of your phone have you hypnotized.
You know that you have not received anything and you have no special interest in using it for something specific, but in less time than you needed to do this reasoning, your hand has taken action on the matter.
And there you are, with the mobile in your face.
You have left your cell phone behind and you feel you are missing an arm, you are restless and uncomfortable and you curse the time you left without it.
While being busy in your work, you hear the unequivocal buzzing of your phone when vibrating. Filled with dopamine, you run to see what you have received … And there is nothing.
That post that ruins your day. You open Instagram looking for something to kill time and you close it with a sigh of resignation, dying of envy at that avalanche of other people’s happiness.
A technological detox program
According to Data Detox, you can aspire to a free life of the four previous bonds, following three precepts.
The first is to be present and become aware of your relationship with that black screen.
Why did you take the phone? Were you bored? Have you been left alone? Was everyone around you already immersed in it?
If you are surprised at how compulsive your interactions with your mobile phone are, you can leave deterrent messages:
Write a note like “why now?” Or “let go of it”. Ttake a photo and put it as wallpaper,” recommends the guide.
In addition, the Space application creates a 10-second pause before opening new apps, so give your brain time to realize that your hand is acting free.
Nothing works? Take some time with your mobile: get it away from your work table, do not leave it on your bedside table at night, get rid of it at meals. “Putting physical distance between you and your phone can help create emotional distance.”
The second way to break the spell is to customize the phone’s settings. Don’t let notifications set the pace, disable them and decide when you need to check the news.
“The constant attention calls are designed to push us to look when we don’t want to.”
Another trick to captivating us is the vibrant range of colours that shines on our screens. Against this, there is the possibility of limiting the colour gamut of some phones to a sad grayscale.
The definitive key to closing the tap of persuasions that sprout from your phone is real-life support: on the one hand, the above changes can become more bearable if you share them with other friends who also want to distance themselves from their phones. On the other hand, making plans prevents you from falling into that state of boredom that exponentially increases the seduction power of your phone.
“Freeing yourself from the constant checkup is easier when your time is filled with activities that do not involve using the crystal marble.”