It’s no big secret that most of us are addicted to our mobile devices. Some of us even suffer from nomophobia and we don’t even know it. But that’s just it. We have come to a point in our lives where we can’t live without our phones.
How Much Time Do You Spend On Your Phone?
Our phones have become a part of us, an extension of our bodies if you will. They are a source of transportation (Uber, SWVL, Bolt etc), an online shopping centre and of course, a source of communication. Do you know how much time you should spend on your phone? Take a guess. We’ll wait.
Well, medical studies suggest that one should spend less than two hours a day on their phone. In reviewing research from PewResearch, comScore and SmartInsights, the average time we spend on our phones is rounded off to about 4 hours of screen-on-time. Most of this time is spent on social media.
We aren’t meant to pump our systems with this much amount of dopamine. Another issue comes in with distractions. When working, we are easily distracted by notifications/pop up ads and our brains aren’t always ready for that change.
You’re spending Too Much Time On Your Phone If…
- You’re using your phone excessively during events and gatherings.
- Your phone is the first and last thing you see every day.
- Can’t remember the last time you were without your phone.
- You’re nomophobic.
What Do We Need To Do?
We need to limit our time on social media. This could even mean deleting some apps altogether. I know it sounds difficult but once you start the cleanse, you will realize the benefits. We need to step out of our comfort zones. Play a little more, visit others and make new friends.
We also need to train ourselves to let go of our phones as early as 9 pm. Sleep deprivation is a serious issue in society and it can be blamed on spending too much time on our phones. Putting your phone away early lets your mind settle and recompose itself in preparation for the next day.
One more thing you can do is monitor your screen on time. Most apps and smartphones nowadays come with a tracker that helps you monitor and analyze the amount on time you spend on the phone. This will help you plan out and restructure your habits.