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2018-03-14 22:30:02TechnologyEnglishSpoiler alert: The answer is yes. While the term smartphone addiction may sound extreme, the truth is many people could not live without...https://quickbooks.intuit.com/au/resources/au_qrc/uploads/2018/03/iStock-872905048.jpghttps://quickbooks.intuit.com/au/resources/technology/smartphone-addiction-real-thing/Smartphone Addiction: Is It A Real Thing? | QuickBooks Australia

Smartphone addiction: Is it a real thing?

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Spoiler alert: The answer is yes.

The invention of the smartphone has given us access to an unlimited amount of information and technology. While we can now do our banking and check our emails virtually anywhere, at any time, smartphones have become more than a convenience, they’ve become part of our lives.

From the very first minute we wake up, by our smartphone alarm of course, to the last minute of the day, we use our phones to catch up on the latest news, check the weather, take insta-worthy photos, scroll through Facebook and order Uber Eats for dinner. Is there anything smartphones can’t do?

Man holding a smartphone

Are you addicted?

While the term smartphone addiction may sound extreme, the truth is many people could not live without their phones. They’ve become an integral part of everyday life, so much so, that it’s hard to function without them.

The easiest way to determine if you’re using your smartphone a little too much, is to try living without it. Leave it at home when you go to work for a day. If you feel like the sky is falling in, you may need some time away from your phone.

5 ways to curb your smartphone addiction

If you’re finding yourself reaching for your smartphone one too many times in a day, try one of these suggestions to minimise your usage.

Someone turning their iphone off

1 Turn it off

It’s surprising how many people never turn their phones off. Ever. However, sometimes the only way to truly get a break, especially if you’re a serial texter or have millions of push notifications turned on, is by turning your phone off. Start by switching it off for one hour while you’re sitting down for family dinner.

2  Change your push notifications

Try turning off all your push notifications. You don’t need to know immediately when someone likes your Instagram or Facebook post or sends you a WhatsApp message. Simply check these a few times throughout the day, rather than having your smartphone light up every 20 seconds.

Person holding an iphone

3 Schedule time to use your phone

Discipline is key when you’re starting a new diet or exercise regime, so why not challenge yourself to only use your phone at certain points of the day. Check it in the morning, then leave your phone untouched until lunch time when you can check it again. Put it away in a drawer or even another room if that helps, as they say, out of sight, out of mind.

4 Sign out of your social media accounts

Sometime it’s purely just habit to check your social media accounts. After all, you just checked them ten minutes ago. Remind yourself of your resolution by signing out of your account on each app. Being prompted to sign in will make you remember that you don’t need to log in – it’s time for a break.

Alarm clock

5 Buy an alarm clock

Go on, do it. Using your smartphone as an alarm clock means your phone is right there when you fall asleep, and conveniently, right there when you wake up. This is not a good way to start the day. Invest in a trusty old-school alarm clock and leave your phone in the lounge room overnight. Give yourself time to wake up before you start to scroll. 

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