5 ways of not becoming a smart phone addict
I think we are all losing it. We are all on cell phone crack. “We” meaning the people who own a smart phone. This week while working out at the gym I noticed how many people were just sitting on various pieces of workout equipment checking their smart phones. Holy smokes! I get that you want to tune out the world by plugging in your ear buds, but just sitting around checking out the screen is neither helping stay in shape, nor is it polite keeping other folks waiting for you to get yourself off the machines.
It does not matter where you are this issue of us tuning the world around us off is rampant. From family outings when the phones are going around the table with funny or bizarre Youtube stuff being shown to going to restaurants and no one talks anymore because everyone (including the kids) is glued to their little screens. No one is safe. The little device seems to dictate when we pick it up and pay attention to it rather than the world that surrounds us.
This has got to stop. We are losing our connection to our worlds by being connected to it only electronically. What can we do?
- For one we can turn most push notifications and dingers and ringers off. We need to make the decision to look at the device – it should not be the device telling us that.
- Declare a cell free zone when we sit together at the table. At the restaurant switch them off and put them in the center of the table. Same for meals shared at home.
- When you work out and you want to listen to your tunes, well, just listen to your tunes. Resist the urge checking your SnapChats, texts, and any other distracting acts of just sitting there looking at the screen.
- Do not put the device in your bedroom. If for nothing else do not put it on your nightstand. Give yourself some space from being connected 24/7.
- Declare a cell phone free time during the day. For two to three hours just leave the phone function on, but nothing else.
I am not sure that we can speak of a medical condition as far as us being addicted to those mystical devices – yet. We are losing a bit of our human touch if we not at least curb the constant connection to the world and yet we may lose the connection to the people who mean the most to us.