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Why and How We Should Aim to Use our Phone Less

by Deepika Viswanath about a year ago in self help
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Technology in 2021 is ever so popular now. But here are some reasons it is beneficial to our our phones down and detox.

Why and How We Should Aim to Use our Phone Less
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You wake up, reach for your phone, squint at the screen, rub your eyes, then-for what seems like 20 minutes, is actually an hour-scroll through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, etc. Before you know it, it's already 11 or 12 pm.

If this is you, we are on the same page. Because this was me up until now.

Over the years, information has been spread in different ways; the radio, the phone, the television and now cellphones. No one reads newspapers or the comics anymore, sadly enough, as everything is at our fingertips on our phones. While it is easy to grab your phone and check the latest updates on the world news or our personal lives, sometimes putting aside your phone for a bit can be a big breather.

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It's typical for anyone these days to reach for their phones first thing in the morning, them aimlessly scroll. And know what? This can actually deter your ability to concentrate fully on one task item.

According to Forbes, "...our cell phones have enabled us to multitask more than we ever did before, it’s likely that hearing the buzz of our phone can interrupt our thought process long enough to consider all of the tasks we perform on our phone" (Katie Zimmerman, Forbes). Scrolling through Facebook, then exiting out, then going to Instagram, repeat the same process over and over, this causes you to go in a loop that never ends. You are not reminded to put the phone down and focus your attention something else, and fully dedicate your time to that.

For me, personally, it's better for my peace of mind to not be constantly staring at a screen and scrolling endlessly through social media. I feel like I don't get anything done and I end up sitting in the same spot for hours. If you are managing social media accounts, it can be overwhelming checking them everyday.

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So how should we aim to use our phone less?

I've been doing something for the past few days. This included reading more, giving more time for myself. Every night, before I go to sleep, I put my phone inside my drawer and read. This helped me get a better sleep and I found myself getting up much earlier.

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YouTuber Ruby Granger's recent video explains how she uses her phone less. She says she sets her phone aside in a place that's not within reach of her bed or nightstand. This is an excellent tip. She also recommends doing things from her laptop instead of from her phone all the time. Come to think of it, with the exception of snapchat, every social media platform, emails, YouTube, etc are on our computers. Checking your platforms on a computer is much more effective than on your phone. I recommend you check out her video here:

By not using your phone all the time, you are giving more time for yourself. For me, I've been reading, writing, painting and working on business items. I find myself being more productive and finding more things to do.

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Tip #1: Make a checklist for yourself and this way you'll find you would have done more things than you would have, staring at your phone all day.

Tip #2: Sit outside and complete your activities, whether its work stuff, or relaxing hobbies. Paint, draw, read outside. You'll find peace of mind and Vitamin C.

Tip #3: Read before going to sleep, instead of your phone. The electromagnetic waves and phone light that the phone emits can cause you to stay awake and not be able to fall asleep. According to SCL Health, "The blue light emitted by your cell phone screen restrains the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep-wake cycle. This makes it even more difficult to fall asleep and wake up the next day" (SCL Health).

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Tip #4: Whatever you need done, do it from your computer, instead of from your phone. You can do most of the same things on your computer that you would on your phone.

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So start today! Start your cellphone free morning and day today!

You'll see a major difference in your life!

SOURCES USED: Ruby Granger's video

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About the author

Deepika Viswanath

I'm an author who loves to write short stories!

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Check out my two books :

1. BURIED SECRETS ( detective mystery)

2. SECOND CHANCE (short stories)-- NEW BOOK!

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