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How to break free from phone addiction

By Winnie Onyando September 24th, 2023 2 min read

In today’s digitally connected world, where smartphones have become ubiquitous companions, a growing concern looms over phone addiction.

The allure of these pocket-sized devices, designed to make our lives more convenient, has given rise to a complex issue that affects millions across the globe.

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In this digital age, where our virtual lives often intertwine with our reality, the question arises: Are we in control of our phones, or have they taken control of us? Many people struggle with phone addiction with the majority being unable to tame their addiction.

However, Nairobi News has established a few ways you can deal with phone addiction.

Embrace diverse activities

Frequent shifts between different activities not only boost your mental and physical well-being but also liberate your attention from the clutches of your smartphone. Enrich your life with a tapestry of experiences, and during pivotal moments like family dinners or crucial meetings, consider stashing away your smartphone to ensure meaningful connections and undivided focus. You can also go for evening walks, ride a bicycle, visit an animal orphanage, or do window shopping.

Establish firm screen time boundaries and commit to them!

Effectively managing your smartphone consumption begins with the establishment of clear screen time limits and the unwavering commitment to adhere to them. Create a structured schedule and cap your daily usage to a few hours – you might be astonished to realize the extent of time previously devoted to your phone. For example, decide to stay away from your phone immediately when you arrive at home.

Emphasize genuine interactions

Have you ever seen people who are always glued to their phones even while talking to their friends or relatives? It is always seen as being rude. Well, you might want to change that by prioritizing in-person connections over digital ones. Revel in the richness of face-to-face dialogues and shared moments. The greater your investment in quality time with loved ones, free from smartphone distractions, the deeper your sense of fulfillment and joy will be.

Go offline

Encourage diverse offline activities by investing in games, sports equipment, art supplies, or books to nurture a passion for varied experiences. You can also plan an outdoor day.

Out of sight, out of mind

A highly effective method to combat smartphone addiction is to physically distance yourself from your device. Put your smartphone on silent mode, store it in a drawer, or power it down entirely. By doing so, you’ll eliminate the constant distraction that your device can create, allowing you to focus on the world around you.