Nearly 2/3 of the population is addicted to their phones.
(Yes, that probably means you.)
This means that you “unlock” it over 150 times a day, spend almost 3 hours scrolling/reading/liking/etc., and probably sleep with it next to your bed.
We take a cavalier stance toward this compulsion, convinced that because everyone is obsessed with Facebook, Tik-Tok, etc., it can’t be all that bad.
It is that bad – that’s why it’s called an addiction.
Its consequences are far worse than simply ignoring your spouse when they’re asking you a question or zoning out during a Zoom call.
The data is clear. This addiction:
- Decreases your ability to focus and makes it difficult to complete tasks
- Increases anxiety and depression
- Hinders your ability to develop meaningful relationships
- Disrupts your sleep
- Causes eye strain and neck pain
- Results in thinning hair (OK, I made this one up…)
Life is meant to be fully lived, moment by moment.
However, living in the moment is impossible if you check your phone after a 3-second lull in the conversation.
Put the apps and distractions away whenever you’re doing anything that deserves your attention.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Phone conversations
- Lunch with friend/spouse/mother
- Meeting at work
- Driving (I can’t believe I needed to list this one)
- Reading a document
- Little league baseball game (just kidding, these are super boring – I would bring your phone, book, knitting, etc.)
I promise, you won’t miss out on a thing.