Smartphones are amazing pieces of technology. They allow us to stay connected to the world 24/7, and they have a seemingly endless number of uses. But as amazing as smartphones are, there can be too much of a good thing. And in some cases, it’s actually better to ditch your smartphone and go back to basics.
In this post, we’ll explore reasons why you should ditch your smartphone and go back to basics. We’ll also look at some of the benefits of doing so. So if you’re feeling like your smartphone is ruling your life, it might be time to ditch it for a while.
You’re Addicted to Your Smartphone.
You’re scrolling through your Facebook feed for the third time this hour. You pick up your phone to check the time and see that it’s only been 10 minutes. You debate whether or not you should go for a fourth scroll-through.
Sound familiar? If you can’t put your phone down, you’re not alone. A recent study found that the average person checks their phone 47 times a day. That’s once every 12 minutes!
If you’re addicted to your phone, it’s time to ditch it.
Smartphones Make You Less Productive.
If you’re like most people, you probably can’t go more than a few hours without checking your phone. And even when you’re not using it, it’s constantly in your pocket, making those Pavlovian ding-ding-ding sounds every time a new notification comes in.
It’s no wonder that smartphones are making us less productive. A study by the University of Texas found that the average person spends 3.6 hours a day on their phone – and that’s just when they’re using it! Add in the amount of time we spend checking our phones subconsciously, and it’s no wonder we’re all so exhausted.
Smartphones Kill Face-to-Face Communication.
Here’s a fun fact for you: the smartphone was actually designed to help us detach from our work and communicate with others face-to-face. But it seems to have had the opposite effect, as we now find ourselves glued to our screens 24/7.
Don’t believe me? A study by the University of Maryland found that the average person now spends more time on their phone than they do sleeping. That’s right – we’re sacrificing our shut-eye for a chance to like someone’s picture of their breakfast.
It’s not just our bedtime that’s being affected, either. The use of smartphones is also killing our social skills. We’re so used to communicating via text or email that we’re losing the ability to have meaningful conversations with others.
If you’re not convinced yet, here are three more reasons why you should ditch your smartphone.
- You’ll be less stressed.
- You’ll save money.
- You’ll have more time for family and friends.