The verdict is in… according to digital analytics firm Flurry, we now spend an average of 2 hours and 57 minutes per day on our smartphones. That’s a huge portion of our day: almost 1/8 to be exact.
While no one can argue their ultimate convenience and how they’ve shaped productivity and business, as you may imagine, there’s a bit of a downside to all this screen time. In our always-connected lifestyle, some parts of our positive interpersonal connection seem to be slipping away.
As we’ve written about before here on the blog, it’s so important to occasionally disconnect. Not only can phone addiction harm your relationships, but it may be hurting your health; smartphone use late at night is said to decrease sleep quality, thereby decreasing productivity and energy during the day.
One movement we love, #DinnerMode, challenges everyone to put down the phones and devices and take an hour per day to truly connect with the ones you love and the surroundings that inspire you to be your best self. Take the challenge for an hour at night; you could see some serious improvements in your sleep habits.
All this comes together to inspire us to be less connected via technology, and more so via face-to-face contact. So how can you start?
Turn off notifications
You’ll look at your phone much less if it isn’t always buzzing at you to beg for attention. Turn off all notifications via settings: Facebook, email, Pinterest… and only get into the app when you really want to.
Uninstall unnecessary apps
The more apps, the more to stare at…and ultimately click into. Having the apps on your phone is a constant reminder to check things that don’t really matter. Stick to the minimal amount of apps, and use the web to look up those things you really need to. Taking that extra step to get into Facebook via your internet app may be just the incentive to forget about checking it.
Turn on “do not disturb” or airplane mode
During the work day, out to dinner, or spending time with family, turn your phone on “do not disturb”. Without any notifications coming in, you’ll be bound to throw your phone to the wayside to enjoy a little “disconnected connectedness”.
Out of sight, out of mind
If all else fails, stick it in a drawer, leave it at home for the day, or throw it in your purse. If it isn’t in the corner of your vision, chances are you’ll be less likely to even think about it.
Have you tried any of these methods before? Would you be willing to? Let us know in the comments!
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