How to Tell if Your Smartphone has Taken Over Your Life by Mary Gevorgyan
Having a smartphone is both a blessing and a curse. Most of us can’t even remember how we functioned before these beeping little devices could tell us what time it is, how to get to the closest coffee shop, where friends are, and even entertain us during our morning commute.
Indeed, smartphones and all those smartphone accessories have made life much easier than it used to be, and there is no question about their benefits. However, is it possible to go overboard with smartphone use? Yes, it most definitely is.
While we get caught up with our apps and selfies, we sometimes forget about the real world that exists beyond the touchscreen. Too often nowadays you’ll walk by a cafe and see friends sitting together, not talking, but playing with their smartphones. Or what about parents who choose to film their kid’s concert instead of actually watching it live.
These are just a few examples of smartphone overuse. Again, we do not mean to suggest that using a smartphone is bad. All we mean to say is that it’s important to remember to stop and smell the roses every now and then.
What are the critical signs that your smartphone has taken over your life?
A Conversation Spaz – If you find that you can’t have a single conversation without checking your phone, then maybe it’s time to make some changes. Interacting with people is a big part of life. You don’t want to become one of those individuals who doesn’t know how to listen, it’s a good way to lose friends.
Unsafe Driving – Texting or talking while on the road is not only extremely unsafe, it also shows that you can’t disconnect from the digital world for even fifteen to twenty minutes at a time. Really, you should enjoy these short periods during which you can just be with yourself and contemplate life. Just try it, you may find it rather relaxing.
Phone at the Dinner Table – Do you check your smartphone when you’re eating dinner with your family? That’s a sign that you check that thing way too much. Life is short, and if you aren’t spending quality time with the ones you love, then you will come to regret it. So maybe maintain a policy of phones off during dinner.
Phone by the Bed – Many keep their smartphones by the bed, or even under the pillow, whilst sleeping. Not only is that unhealthy in terms of radiation, it’s simply just overkill. Your bed is a place for rest. You don’t need to be connected when you sleep or relax. And if you use your phone as an alarm clock, maybe invest in a real clock (yes they do still exist) in order to distance yourself from that smartphone.
First Thing in the Morning – Is checking your phone the first thing you do in the morning? That’s not very healthy. You have all day with that thing, why not take just five minutes to be with yourself, wake up properly, have a glass of water and feel centered before you enter into the hectic reality of life?
These are all suggestions of how you might distance yourself from your smartphone just a little bit. There is no need to forgo it entirely, smartphones are awesome and will definitely make life easier to maneuver. Just be aware of how often you use it, and try to stay present in the real world, because in the end, that’s the one that counts.
I’m Mary Gevorgyan
I love marketing and management, I love creativity and innovations, I love friendship and faithfulness, I love ballet and contemporary + keeping up to date on emerging technologies, social media platforms and digital culture.