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3 Ways to Beat Your Phone Habit

by | Sep 6, 2016 | Mental Health

Do you want to be the best husband, dad or friend out there? Okay, we know that’s a bold statement, but there’s one easy step you can take to connect better with people — read on to find out. 

Studies have shown that the average North American guy checks his smartphone between 40 and 50 times a day!

The takeaway here: If you think you spend too much time on your phone, you’re not alone. We all seem a bit too interested in our handheld devices, especially since overuse can cause sleep problems and alienate us from friends, loved ones and the rest of the real world.

The good news is, it’s very easy to moderate your phone usage and enjoy awesome benefits to your life!

Here are three benefits and simple boundaries you can set to enjoy them:

1) Save money

Powering down in the car prevents dangerous distracted driving and reduces the risk of a hefty fine — or worse.

2) Enjoy your time more

Putting the phone away when your children are around sets a positive example of digital restraint and allows you to enjoy time with them more fully.

3) Feel rested and have more energy

Switching off at least an hour before bed has been shown to help you get to sleep more quickly and snooze more soundly.

Pro tip

Immediately responding to every email, text and call is a slippery slope. There’s nothing wrong with being on the ball, but excessive promptness may create expectations that are difficult to sustain. And let’s face it: Waiting for a reply isn’t going to hurt anyone. In fact, a little patience may help everyone involved. The easiest way to let go if you must have your phone with you is to simply turn off your notification alerts.

Adam Bisby
Adam Bisby

Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. His award-winning stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines like Explore, Reader’s Digest, International Traveller and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN, MSN Canada, and DontChangeMuch.ca. Visit Adam’s website for more details on his award winning work.

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