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Kick your smartphone addiction to the curb

Smartphones are alluring and helpful, and addiction to them can be a very real problem, but these four tips can help break the chains of addiction.

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No joke, smartphones are addicting

Did you know that 65% of iPhone users surveyed claim that they “couldn’t live” without their smartphone? I bet the stats are similar for Android and Blackberry users (or what’s left of them). Most people consider their phone their lifeline. Myself included. Smartphone addiction is a real problem, and it’s a real hindrance, too.

Have you ever been to a restaurant, at a party, or on vacation, and you see a group of people who are allegedly spending time together sitting in a circle on their phone? It’s a sight I’ve seen too many times to count. The time you’re spending glued to your cell phone is time that you’re stressing over work emails or calls after hours or not spending time with your loved ones.

It’s time to kick the addiction. Sure, smartphones are great and make our lives easier, but if it’s causing you to miss out on other parts of your life, it’s time to put the phone down for awhile.

Four ways to kick the addiction

I realize that kicking a phone addiction is not easy. If there’s ever a day I leave my phone at home, I get anxiety. Here are four things that may make it easier:

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Admit you have a problem. This is the first step to kicking any addiction. If you can recognize that you rely too heavily on your phone, then you’re well on the way to a non-codependent relationship with a small piece of technology.

Kick the anxiety. Think about what it is that you’re afraid of. What are you afraid of missing if your phone is off? A lot of times, playing with your phone and constantly checking it is oftentimes a way to deal with the fact that you’re anxious about other pressures in your life. One way to start relaxing more is to turn off your phone before bed. There’s no reason for anyone to call you in the middle of the night. Whatever happened can wait until the morning. Using a phone or computer before you turn in for the night has been proven to perpetuate sleep loss. Reducing your use of it can help you curb anxiety, and you might be inclined to use your phone less.

Try leaving your phone at home for a day. I think you’ll find that if you come home, the outcome won’t be nearly as bad as you think. You’ll be able to prove to yourself that the world does not end if your phone isn’t attached to your hip at all times.

Schedule times to completely disconnect. Whether it’s for an hour a day or a few times per week, pick times to completely disconnect yourself from your technological devices. This will be difficult at first, but it will also boost your productivity. You may even find yourself longing for the moments where you can be disconnected!

Free yourself now

Eventually, you’ll have lessened your addiction to your smartphone significantly. Now, you may be able to sit through a meal without reaching for your iPhone. Shocking thought, I know. Just think, though: if your phone breaks, the panic will be significantly less. Best of luck!

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Carrie Gable & the Real Estate Virtual Assistant team at RealSupport, Inc. work virtually for many top real estate agents & brokers nationwide, offering marketing campaigns, branding, website & logo design, listing marketing efforts, lead management, technical support, marketing presentations, social media setup & management, copywriting, blogging and much more.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. MatthewC

    September 18, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Great article on a very important topic, especially for real estate professionals who rely on their phones daily!

  2. Marisha

    September 24, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I really agree with everything on this post. I think we have become slaves of even the good things in life, like continual access to information. Something else you could do, if you want, is completely turn off any Facebook, Twitter or any other app notifications so you won’t ever hear the noise. I’m the kind of woman who leaves her phone on the kitchen table but itches to check his phone when it vibrates with notifications of a message or a comment received. So I chose to turn off notifications, which also gives me way better battery life! Anyway, keep writing. I’m loving all of the info! Thanks, @Marisha from https://www.dchub.co.uk/  (AC/DC adapter)

  3. Marisha

    September 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I really agree with everything on this post. I think we have become slaves of even the good things in life, like continual access to information. Something else you could do, if you want, is completely turn off any Facebook, Twitter or any other app notifications so you won’t ever hear the noise. I’m the kind of woman who leaves her phone on the kitchen table but itches to check her phone when it vibrates with notifications of a message or a comment received. So I chose to turn off notifications, which also gives me way better battery life! Anyway, keep writing. I’m loving all of the info! Thanks, @Marisha from https://www.dchub.co.uk/  (AC/DC adapter)

  4. Diana Hoyt

    October 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I used to have my iPhone and iPad on my nightstand but now leave them in the kitchen charging when I go to bed. I have my phone set to do not disturb so the only ones who would call/text and get the phone to ring would be family and it would be an emergency if it was in the middle of the night.

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