This is a serious concern right now, and we all need to come to grips with an epidemic that has overtaken society. We are truly addicted to our personal devices.  And, the bigger concern…generation to generation will only be more attached. Who would have thunk that Dick Tracy’s armband wristwatch was just a prototype for an iPhone around your wrist nowadays?

It’s no secret that that we are all guilty of spending too much of our time glued to our phones, tablets, and TVs, but how much of our time, is too much time?
Our smartphones are with us all the time. They keep us in contact with loved ones. They record important moments in our lives. They offer easy access to the depths of human knowledge and the delights of our creativity. They entertain us when we are bored. They guide us when we are lost. They keep us company when we are lonely.

Smartphones are enormously useful, but sometimes their allure can prove too strong. We feel compelled to respond to them, even if it means ignoring the people we’re with. They wake us in the night, interrupting our sleep. We feel anxious or naked when they are not there. They interrupt our work and our play. Are we obsessed with these miraculous devices? Is it compulsion that causes us to prioritize our phones above other things? Is there such a thing as smartphone addiction?

How much technology is taking up much of our lives? There is fear that many of us, youngsters, teenagers, adults – are addicted to modern digital products. Not figuratively, but literally.  Here are some tips to help not get lost in the technology.

How to use your phone less

Identifying or acknowledging that you may have a problem is the first step, but if you’re worried about your own smartphone use, what should you do about it?

  1. We’ve got to start weaning ourselves back off this constant need to check in. Let’s recondition our brains.
  1. We can take technology breaks, but make it a gradual process. Try this. Check every app that you care about for a minute, and then turn everything off, and leave your phone alone for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes is up, you can check your phone again. Repeat the process until you’re comfortable, which could take a couple weeks. Can you even be off for a whole 30 minutes, an hour?
  1. It’s not good to sleep with your phone. Buy an inexpensive alarm clock and use it instead. An hour before bedtime, remove your smartphone from the room. Put it in another room and turn off the sound. Spend the last hour before going to sleep doing something you know is calming, like watching TV, reading a paper, book, or listening to familiar music.

For more inspiration on how to take a “digital time-out,” check out one of our previous articles: