Your phone is making a beep.
The brain starts to release dopamine. You hear a silent vibration, so you take the device in your hand as soon as you can. There is a notification on the lock screen. Someone liked your photo. There are two new comments on your Facebook post, so you have to reply right away!
The thing is, you don’t have to do anything. You can ignore all of the notifications (unless it’s something very urgent), but you unlock the phone anyway. You check if there are any new likes and then you reply to the newest comments. And then what? I bet you’re still scrolling down, looking for interesting photos or news and after some time you realize how much time you just wasted.
The more the better?
In social media numbers mean a lot, I know. But wait, do they? The truth is, the numbers of your notifications, likes or comments don’t mean how many people actually like you – it may sound funny to some of you now, but I think many people feel bad if they haven’t received any notifications for some time. That’s how addictions work.
Lack of good communication.
You’re at the bus stop and you have nothing interesting to do, why don’t you take your phone out? It’s a way of “being productive”, right? Okay, you’re standing alone, passing the time, but a sad fact is that more and more people use their phones while talking to one another.
What can you do about it?
Well, I think the first step is to realize that you are phone addicted. Many people say that you can do it by checking if you feel anxious without having your phone with you, but I think that you can be addicted even if you can live without the phone for some time. In my opinion, addiction starts, when you obsessively check if someone texted you something, and if they didn’t, you start scrolling down the Facebook or Instagram page, wasting a lot of time.
Why do you use this app?
Try to find a good reason. In the past, I thought that Snapchat and Facebook are sooo important that I can’t just uninstall them from my phone. I used them to keep in touch with my friends, so I thought the apps are essential. It turned out that after uninstalling them I have more time for meeting people in real life. I check my Facebook notifications on my laptop every day or once every two days in the evening and it helps me save so much time! In fact, Messenger is totally enough for me, when it comes to communication during the day.
Uninstall all of the apps that you don’t find absolutely necessary and find a way to reduce your screen time that works for you.
Knowing that you’re addicted is not enough, but it’s a good starting point.
After reading the post I would like you to think if you’re satisfied with how much time you spend using your phone. If not, try to change it, I’m still working on it myself. In the future, I will publish more posts connected with this topic.
Stay tuned for new posts every Saturday (sorry for not posting last week).
What’s your opinion on the topic?