How To Reduce The Risk Of Phone Addiction
April 08, 2021
Most people are aware that they use their phone more than they need to. Anyone with a spare minute and a smartphone is likely to pick it up and check their email, or social media, or start playing a game. In a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 50 percent of participants admitted they “couldn’t live without” their phones.
Ben Carter, PhD, conducted the study on 1043 college students, who completed a smartphone addiction scale assessment and the adapted Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Score Index.
Although phone addiction is not a clinical diagnosis, new research published in Frontiers of Psychiatry showed that nearly 40 percent of adults 18 to 30 years old who self-reported using their smartphones “excessively” also reported poor sleep. The study showed that both high use of smartphones and use late at night have negative effects on sleep. The odds of poor sleep increased 41 percent for users who used their smartphones excessively.
Just like anything else, using a smartphone in moderation is a healthy way to stay connected with the world. At the same time, overuse can lead to issues.
Here are some tips to help you to stop obsessively checking your phone:
- Delete games and apps that you spend the most time on
- Set time limits on phone usage. Many smartphones will allow you to set these limits in their settings.
- Avoid using your phone before going to bed; it can disrupt your sleep
- Turn off notifications or minimize them
- Before picking up your phone, ask yourself if it’s really important that you check it right now