We live in an age where most of us check our phones pretty constantly. And it can feel like an obsession….
So what can you do to reduce the appeal of your phone and bring you more into the real world.
Turn off the Vibration
A new syndrome called “Phantom" Vibration Syndrome” has been coined, in fact a 2012 study showed that 89% of students had experienced this. It’s though that this contributes to distractability so turn it off, then it can’t happen.
Have Phone Rules
You probably wouldn’t dream of leaving your phone if you were at a funeral, but you’d be surprised when people think it’s ok to answer a phone. I’ve seen people answer their phone during their chiropractic session, during a theatre visit and people (though I have no experience of this) are known to check their phones during moments of intimacy.
Simple rules might include: turn it off during meals, when out with friends, never use it in the bedroom, or turn it off at 9pm. The use of technology is linked to poor sleep after all.
Turn it to GreyScale
Apparently this works like computer games. If it’s grey it’s less appealing to use. Go online and find out how to turn your device grey.
And if you’re still hooked to your phone and are starting to develop “Text Neck” or “Computer Neck”, make sure you get your spine checked regularly so that you aren’t storing up spinal problems for the future.
Reference: Comput.Human Behav, 2012; 28:1490-96