What is Mobile Addiction?
While a smartphone, can be a very useful tool, excessive usage of these gadgets can have a negative impact on relationships, jobs, and education. It may be time to reevaluate your technology use if you find that you spend more time on social media or playing video games than you do engage with actual people, or if you find that you are constantly checking your texts, emails, or apps—even when doing so has negative effects on your life.
With the use of Mobile phones or desktop computers, you might struggle with impulse control, but due to their portability and ease, smartphones and tablets allow us to indulge our compulsions whenever we want. Most of us never leave our mobile phones aside from ourselves. According to research, such excessive use of mobile phones causes the release of the brain chemical dopamine and changes your mood, just like drugs and alcohol. Additionally, it is possible to develop a tolerance quickly, meaning that it will take longer and longer to experience the same pleasant pleasure when using these screens.
Smartphones can negatively impact on our life:
- Increasing Loneliness– While it could appear that abandoning yourself online will help emotions like loneliness, melancholy, and boredom momentarily go away, the opposite is true.
- Disturbing your sleep– Constant smartphone use can interfere with your sleep, which can negatively affect your mental health in general. It may disrupt your memory, hinder your capacity for clear thought, weaken your cognitive & learning abilities.
- Increasing stress– When you use a smartphone for work, it’s common for work to intrude into your personal and family life. You experience pressure to never miss a beat and to stay connected to your work. Higher stress levels and even burnout might be caused by this constant urge to monitor and respond to emails.
- Unable to concentrate and think deeply– Your smartphone can slow down your work, provide distractions, and ruin those calm moments that are so essential for problem solving and creativity. We no longer spend any time alone with our thoughts because we are constantly connected and online.
- Trouble completing the work at home and work- Because you’ve been occupied chatting online, sending texts, or playing video games, do you realize that your laundry is piling up and there isn’t much food in the house for dinner? Perhaps you are working later more frequently because you are unable to finish your assignment before the deadline.
Disadvantages of using mobile phones-
- Nonstop interpretation results in distracted mind- Through mobile phones and other linked technologies, the world has been promised an “always on” existence that sounds exciting. However, living a constantly connected lifestyle also means that you will constantly be getting notifications from the dozens, if not hundreds, of apps that are vying for your attention and focus. Because of this, people now have short attention spans, have fewer physical conversations with friends and family, and have minds that are constantly engaged. When a notification tone is heard, a mind that is hankering for that attention rushes to check the phone.
- It becomes increasingly difficult to disconnect from your phone– Many individuals are finding it more and more difficult to put their phones away, even for a few hours. For them, it is practically impossible. People are constantly checking their phones for emails, chat messages, social media updates, and a variety of other things.
- Using mobile phones too much reduces social interaction– How often have you seen people sit next to one another without speaking to one another? This is one of the main drawbacks of mobile phones that has an impact on contemporary society. Instead of conversing with people in the same room, people prefer to be on their cellphones, speaking with people who are not there.
- Using too much of mobile phones can affect your health– There are theories and presumptions that suggest there are health concerns associated with using mobile phones, albeit they have not yet been thoroughly established or refuted. Health risks will be one of the most significant drawbacks of mobile phones if it proves to be true.
Due to the amount of radiation that a user of a mobile phone may be exposed to, there have been several health problems associated with mobile phones.
- Too much dependency on mobile for everything- We are now totally reliant on technology. This, in my opinion, is a significant drawback of mobile phones. People used to have to remember hundreds of phone numbers, addresses, and other pieces of information back in the day. But I’m incapable of recalling my own or my spouse’s phone number.
- Less time with family– In the past, families were larger since the extended family was also thought to be close enough. People had stronger emotional ties with one another. That was the case because close neighbors used to see each other more frequently.
However, since everyone is reachable via phone, we prefer to simply call the number and speak with whomever we like.
- Too much screen time can affect your eyesight- A weak eyesight might result from spending hours, all day, every day, staring at a mobile device. If this describes you, try to give your eyes a rest; they will appreciate it. After every 10 or 15 minutes, try to look at least 20 meters away for a few minutes. Try working your eyes as well. Reduce your smartphone usage.
- Time wasting is one of the biggest disadvantages of using too much using Mobile phones– Although not everyone may agree, I believe that the main disadvantage of using a cell phone is that users waste their valuable time using it. Addiction undoubtedly results in time wastage, in addition to the other negative effects that were likely discussed. But people should learn to regulate their impulses well enough to avoid wasting time by mindlessly utilizing a phone. Avoid becoming too engrossed in that game that you neglect your academics. Spend time with your family and friends instead of using social media excessively.
How to deal with Mobile Addiction
- Turn off Notifications– One of the first things you should do to overcome your phone addiction is to turn off your push notifications. You may regulate how often you look at your phone by turning off all app notifications. I am distracted by the pings that go out throughout the day, and I like having control over when I check my phone.
- Delete most distracting Apps– Which mobile applications are the most distracting to you? You are probably aware of the handful of apps you use most frequently. For instance, my phone doesn’t have Facebook or Facebook Messenger apps. I use the web version to check anything I want to. You can organize your social networking apps into folders if you find it difficult to part with them. I’ve organized all my programs into a folder, placing the most annoying ones on the second page. This adds two taps to the process of accessing the app, which might be all I need on some days to break my bad behavior.
- Set app time limits– You can check your screen time on practically any smartphone. You can monitor how much time you spend on your phone and which apps you use the most explicitly. Set a daily usage cap for the apps on your phone after considering how frequently you use them. Your phone notifies you when you’ve reached a limit. To proceed, you must intentionally click “15 more minutes.” This may be enough to stop you from mindlessly scrolling even though it is not a significant obstacle.
- Leave your phone aside– It is simpler to avoid using your phone if it is out of your line of sight. I simply put my phone in my bag when I go to work and forget about it for the first half of the day. I also leave my phone in my backpack when I arrive home. It is a simple method for reducing phone usage. Even if there is an emergency, you will still hear your phone ring. Beyond sight, beyond memory.
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Author name – Dr. R. K Suri
Dr R K Suri is a trained professional Clinical Psychologist in India, having more than 36 years of experience in hypnotherapy, psychoanalysis, neuro-psychological assessment, career counseling, and relationship management. Has been providing career counseling globally and has been providing counseling at IITs, IIMs, and SPAs, for admission to Universities in the US, UK, Australia, etc. Relationship management for persons to provide the breakthrough in life.