Life Hacks: 4 Ways to Spend Less Time on Your Cell PhoneTechList The List
Recent studies found that college students in the U.S. spent around ten hours on their phones. Also, 50-percent of teenagers say they're addicted to their phones. So how do we start changing all this? We spoke to former phone addict Zach Beattie about his new company called Off The Grid that sends people on trips abroad without their phones! Read on for four ways to breakup with your cell.
1. Create Speed Bumps
The first step is to create speed bumps. “A really simple technique is to actually put a physical rubber band around your phone,” says Zach. That way when you start mindlessly scrolling through your phone, your finger will bump the rubber band and remind you to get off! “You can also set your lock screen to say something that reminds you not to scroll when you're bored,” Zach adds. Use your phone as a reminder to get off your phone!
2. Keep the Phone Out of the Bedroom
The next step is keeping the phone out of the bedroom, and there’s a valid reason why. Harvard researchers found that the blue light from your phone can throw off your biological clock and disrupt your sleep. “So the best time, if you're trying to get away from your phone, is that two to three hour window before you go to bed,” Zach recommends. You can also try switching to an analog alarm clock, or putting your phone and phone charger in another room – which also helps you get up in the morning!
3. Use a Time-Tracking App
Next up, try using a time-tracking app. Apps like Moment, Rescue Time, and Menthal will actually track how much time you spend on your phone. “And the results are often really shocking for people,” notes Zach. “When I first downloaded it, I noticed I was picking up my phone more than 100 times a day.” You can keep track daily and challenge yourself to lower your number.
4. Take a Phone-Free Trip
And finally, how about going on a phone-free tip. “The trip proves to you that you can do it,” shares Zach. “…Go cold turkey and just rip off the band-aid. Then by the end of the week, you've proven to yourself that it's possible." The people signing up for his trips aren't just millennials: “Everyone uses their phone all the time. It's not a generational thing, it's not a millennial thing. It's an overarching issue that everyone seems to have this desire to get away for a little bit." Where do we sign up?!
Constant phone use can also be rude – especially during dinner! For tips to help you disconnect while dining, click here!
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