ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — You have met your perfect partner. They wake you up in the morning, remind you of important meetings, and help you make new friends. Then you realize you can’t do anything without them. Your phone is engrained in every aspect of your life.
Talk … text … tweet … Americans check their phones more than 50 times a day. But is your relationship with your phone affecting your other relationships?
“I’ve been in situations where I’m with my friends and you look around and we’re watching a movie, but we’re still all on our phones,” Jocelyn Youngdahl told Ivanhoe.
Then you may need a break. To avoid using your phone so much, try moving some apps that you find yourself using the most, like social media apps, off the home page or deleting them entirely. Create no-phone zones or no-phone times, in certain areas in your home or certain times of the day, like when you are running errands or walking the dog. Finally apps such as Flipd, Forest and Milk use reward-based methods to get their users off the phone and focused on what really matters.
“We are not trying to ban people from using phones. We know phones are important tools for us today, but when there are special moments going on, we’re trying to encourage people to put the phone away,” Courtney ‘Coko’ Eason explains.
Another app to try is called BreakFree which will track your phone usage and notify you if you are on an app too long. Another trick, place a rubber band on your phone to jolt your attention when you try to reach for it.
Contributor(s) to this news report include: Milvionne Chery, Writer and Roque Correa, Editor.
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