Be smarter than your phone
Jesse is tackling our phone addiction with you
W e can’t stop looking at our phones. Our family members can’t stop either.
Meals and moments with each another are losing their significance, and as aware as we are that the device in our pocket has become part of us, we still allow it to steal us away from the world in which we use them to operate.
So, fellow Earthlings, where do we go from here?
This is my initial list of suggestions, not only for using our phones less, but for using them efficiently. We’re not going to stop using these incredible pieces of technology, and personally I don’t believe we should. But if I’m going to keep it in my life, then you better believe I’m going to be smart about it.
Because we all may have access to more information and the ability to communicate with more people around the world, but we all still only have 86,400 seconds in a day.
How wisely are we using them?
JESSE’S TIPS FOR BEING A SMART PHONE USER:
Turn off any notifications you either don’t enjoy getting or know you’re going to look for frequently anyways. This is only adding to the number of times you check your phone.
Use the screentime app to either limit individual app usage, or at the very least gain some insight on how much time you truly spend checking your Snapchat.
For social media, treat your accounts like you would treat ones for a business. Whether it’s for professional or social purposes, allocate a few blocks of time instead of sporadically checking throughout the day. The average American checks their phone 47 times every day. Imagine if instead of having 1-3 meetings, your coworker bothered you 47 times every single day. See what I mean?
Smart watches can be expensive, but I will say they allow me to keep my phone in my pocket and only be bothered with what’s important. More often than not, we’ll open our phone to clear our screen of a pointless notification (a sign you should turn those off) and in the midst of heading back to our home screen, the Facebook or Instagram icon will catch our eye. All of a sudden, a random JCPennery email just stole 20 minutes of my day.
Alright, I get it. You like to stay in the know. But do you really need to see every email you receive the minute it arrives? If they didn’t call you, it’s probably not that urgent. I use this free service called Unroll.me, which looks at each of your email subscriptions and gives you the option to either unsubscribe from it, or include it in a group email with other subscriptions you want to hold onto. You can even choose whether you want to receieve these emails monthly, weekly, every few days, or daily.
Ultimately, I think it’s important for us to embrace this technology. I say that with confidence not only because I know it’s not going anywhere, but because I do believe that it has the ability to bring us closer together. With our friends. With our families. With ourselves.
…now click out of this & go spend time with someone you love.
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