Staring at your phone and devoting all your attention to a tiny little screen immediately removes you from being present.
You are less mindful of your surroundings, your senses are compromised, and you are less receptive to your environment.
Because you are not paying attention, you could potentially get robbed, lose something, miss your stop, get lost, trip, get hurt, or nearly get run over by a bus.
I saw all these happen in one week of riding public transportation where everyone was staring at phones like zombies instead of being present in the situation.
Staring at your phone is bad for your eyes, neck, muscles, joints, sleep, and mental health.
The blue light isn’t healthy for your eyes and it disrupts your natural sleep patterns by interrupting your circadian rhythm.
You can get numerous health problems such as text neck syndrome, trigger thumb, thumb arthritis, and cubicle tunnel syndrome.
Plus, it’s a nasty little fomite gathering germs that can make you sick.
You can also experience a withdrawal called nomophobia which causes fear and anxiety whenever you are disconnected from the world through your phone.
Toting around a very expensive device that is extremely delicate and made of glass is actually a pretty dangerous thing to do.
You can drop it, break it, or get it wet, and it can also get stolen, forcing you to fork out even more money to replace it.
And, walking around with a brightly lit screen illuminating your face instantly makes you an easy target for an opportunistic crime.
Not only is your phone an expensive computer that needs to be constantly replaced with an even more expensive version due to planned obsolescence, it’s also quite costly to actually use on a daily basis.
Cell phone contracts are not only unwanted bills, they're huge money pits that come with hassles like cellular and data limits, and additional fees like taxes, carrier unlocking fees, roaming charges, overage charges, and early termination fees.
The high cost you pay for the shiny new phone doesn't even make you happy in the long run because you adapt to it and then instantly want the next best thing.
What’s the worst part about staring at your phone? - It’s rude!
Don’t be the jerk staring at your phone in front of someone, or while someone is talking to you, or worse - on a date.
Definitely don’t be the bad passenger having the loud phone conversation on the crowded train and projecting into the air for everyone to hear.
Noise pollution is the worst!
beat smartphone addiction
- Use Screen Time to monitor the apps you use and the time you spend on them.
- Minimize digital clutter and delete apps that suck up the most time or that you don’t need.
- Put it down - Practice setting your phone down, facedown, and forgetting it.
- Turn it off - Set periods where are you can power your phone completely down.