How much do you love your smartphone? Chances are that the answer is too much, right? We all want to…
How much do you love your smartphone? Chances are that the answer is too much, right? We all want to spend less time watching screens, and more time has experience from reality. The information is quite clear: we are too obsessed with our phones. One in three people around the world has trouble relaxing, even though they are aware that it is healthier to lay down their phone.
Why are smartphones so convincing? They are designed specifically to be so, with bright light, high resolution colors and endless popup messages and requests aimed at capturing your attention. But fortunately for us there are many things we can do to change how our phones look and do. In fact, if you want to make your smartphone just as boring, boring or straight up, you can do it.
Let’s start with the tools already available on your phone. Apple’s iOS 1
2 update included a new feature called Screen Time, which gives you a wealth of data about your iPhone and iPad usage, which means you break down the amount of time spent on each individual app on your device. There are also App Boundaries, which allow you to set a daily assignment of time for a particular app or for a whole category of apps, such as social media, productivity, or entertainment. When it expires, iOS will cry out the icon and display a full screen banner telling you that you’ve reached your time limit.
Android phone users have a Digital Welfare setting, which is similar to Screen Time. The main difference between the two features is that you can basically press a button to ignore it on iOS, but on Android you have to manually remove the border, which is much more annoying.
There are also third party applications that can make your phone less appealing. An Android app called Siempo gives you a white background with smart icons. It also allows you to delay and clone messages. And there’s a twist: Siempo reorganizes your icons all the time so you can not form the usual muscle memory to start the apps.
You can also turn on the phone’s gray scale function. In IOS, go to Settings, Availability, Show Accommodation, Color Filter, and then select Grayscale. Everything will be lost and gray. (It’s like that movie Pleasantville but reversed.) I would also turn off all non-human messages, which is basically anything but lyrics you get from iMessage, WhatsApp, or any other messaging application you’re using .
Suppose your fix is more difficult than you can change by changing some settings or downloading some new apps. You may need to change your behavior, but you do not want to quit cold turkey. Think of it like going on a diet: you still need to eat, but your goal should be to cut back to more healthy levels. How do we do that?
Some tips I’ve seen outlined by various behavioral psychology experts include setting goals for using your smartphone and working on it. Turn off the phone during certain times of the day. Do not take the phone in bed. Remove triggering apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And accept the fact that by limiting the use of your smartphone will miss some invitations, breaking news or gossip. Take a deep breath. Celebrate FOMO.
For more extreme cases you can also get rid of your smartphone altogether. Currently there is a trend in minimalist phones, which are basically only phones that make much less. There are a lot of minimalist phones ranging from the most functionality to the least. Devices like Unihertz Jelly are small smartphones that are harder to use, while others like Light Phone only make phone calls.
If all else fails, there is always … camp! These places have been around for a long time, and honestly, they are quite easy to hate. Rich, privileged people who lead into the forest where they learn to manage without electronic devices? Unavailable to most of us, but if you can afford it, keep it fun.
Hi, I understand: the phones are amazing. You can play Candy Crush watch YouTube tutorials, troll the president on Twitter. The real world is kind of a mess. But when it starts to bother your life, it may be time to rethink your relationship with technology. Then you can hopefully achieve the perfect balance between phone and life.