There is no denial about this fact that smartphones have become a part and parcel of our lives. Well, that specific period of time has also gone when there were discussions about the pros and cons related to smartphones. Well, that’s because we are now a part of the digital age wherein millennials, baby boomers and gen – z categories of people alike are well – versed with technology. Now, let’s focus our discussion to the main topic now which is smartphones. It is, in fact, true that we now consider smartphones as an instrumental part of our lives and that it’s okay if we spend a lot of time on our phones. But the real problem arises when they start having a negative impact on us especially during workdays.
We often do not think about how the screen time affects our focus and attention. Well, it’s okay to check your Instagram page or scroll through your Facebook account when you are feeling stressed on a busy day. And for the fact, the problem is not related to the amount of time that we spend on our smartphones but how we actually use it. Many studies have revealed that multitasking with the communication tools can actually hamper our productivity. It is will not only slow us down but will also make us feel overworked and rushed. According to a report by Business Line, an average Indian spends 1800 hours a year on their smartphone. This report is based on an online survey and interviews conducted across top 8 cities in the country.
This definitely proves that the addiction for smartphones is rife in India. We definitely cannot stop this addiction but can surely control it. As soon as you start getting control over your screen time, you will definitely get the positive results within a short span of time. Now, let us have a look at some of the measures which can be adopted to control the time spent on smartphones:
Social media apps like Facebook and Instagram are currently a craze among everyone and this is the reason why we tend to pick our phones most of the time owing to an app buzz or notifications. The best way to control this behavior is to log out of these apps during workdays.
Another way to stop spending too much time on the smartphone is to make the home screen less distractive. You can try moving all the unnecessary apps and games off your home screen so that you don’t feel the urge to open them whenever your phone buzzes.
The best and the most effective way to control your screen time is by turning off all the notifications. This won’t make you feel like checking your social media apps whenever you see a red dot or a pop – up notification.
Try spending more time on your laptop instead of your phone. This is because most of the productive work is done in laptops. You can have the important apps like Skype installed on your laptop in order to have discussions with people.