Adam Dachis asks: “How can I stop using my phone all the time and actually connect with people in the real world?”
Apparently the most common accident for an iPhone is for men to drop it down the toilet! Which says a lot!!
This can be a real addiction. Scientists have detected that every time an email arrives, or we get an RT, or a Facebook like, our bodies inject a tiny squirt of pleasure chemical (it’s like a mini crack-cocaine hit). So every buzz or beep notification creates a craving in our bodies for the squirt-hit.
How to break the addiction? Adam’s strategies include:
- No phone usage at social events unless you really need to call someone or you’re looking up information as a group activity ,
- No answering calls or text messages on a date unless you’re expecting an emergency call or the calls will not stop coming.
- You can only use the phone at stoplights, and only to check directions or change music.
- No smartphone usage during short-term interactions (e.g. checking out at the grocery store).
- Turn off alerts for most apps
- Lock your phone with a long password
Lots of families use a phone basket where everyone’s phones have to be placed during mealtimes with no access exceptions, no matter if the pile is beeping and buzzing like a Nasa rocket.
Also, how about switching on airplane mode one hour before bed and not switching it back until after you’ve prayed and read the Bible each morning.
Another approach is to set a rule that for every time you check email, etc., the next time you feel the urge, try to pray for someone. That will cut phone use by 50% and significantly increase the number of people you pray for every day.
What other strategies have you found helpful?
Read the rest of Adam’s post here.