If you are addicted to your phone, you know you can use some practical tips to help overcome that problem. I have information that you will find useful. Note that there is no easy way to beat addiction: you have to put in the work. So come along with me to see how to stop being addicted to your phone.
How to stop being addicted to your phone
To stop any kind of addiction, you need to be able to identify what exactly has you hooked. You may be addicted to your smartphone, but it is not the phone itself that keeps you hooked on to it. There are certain functions and features that if removed from your smartphone, you will be less compelled to pick up your phone often.
One: Notifications. Years of always-on internet and consequent constant barrage of notifications have conditioned you to jump and respond when you hear that beep or tone. So, free yourself from the demand of notifications; join the league of smartphone users who have turned off notifications on their devices.
How to do it: it is either you put the phone on Silent, turn off mobile internet for stretches of time, or enable Do-Not-Disturb. That way, you get rid of the constant flood of notifications.
Two: Social and IM Apps. There are all kinds of mobile apps available for smartphones. However, social media and instant messaging apps are the greatest addicting apps. Get rid of these and the need to pick up your phone drops significantly.
It may be difficult to imagine a life of not having social media apps on your smartphone, but if you are truly addicted to your phone, it is a small price to pay to take back control of your life.
Delete These Addicting Apps
The most addicting apps are listed below:
- Facebook Messenger
These apps are the most addicting for the vast majority of smartphone users. The list may differ for smaller groups of people. For example, mobile games can be quire distracting and addicting for some. Whatever apps are on your list, removing them from your smartphone will go a long way in helping you win the battle against smartphone addiction.
Note that deleting addicting apps from your phone does not mean that you do not use social media or instant messaging at all. For example, you can choose to use those services only when you are on your PC.
In summary, a key part of triumphing over smartphone addiction is to get rid of the pesky notifications and delete addicting apps. Then exercise the discipline to not give in to the temptation to put them back on.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.