✅ Smartphone Addiction 🔻

Worried about your phone or Internet use? These tips can help you break free of the habit and better balance your life, online and off.

While a smartphone, tablet, or computer can be a hugely productive tool, compulsive use of these devices can interfere with work, school, and relationships. When you spend more time on social media or playing games than you do interacting with real people, or you can’t stop yourself from repeatedly checking texts, emails, or apps—even when it has negative consequences in your life—it may be time to reassess your technology use.

✅ Modify your smartphone use, step-by-step 🔻

For most people, getting control over their smartphone and Internet use isn’t a case of quitting cold turkey. Think of it more like going on a diet. Just as you still need to eat, you probably still need to use your phone for work, school, or to stay in touch with friends. Your goal should be to cut back to more healthy levels of use.

1️⃣ Set goals for when you can use your smartphone. For example, you might schedule use for certain times of day, or you could reward yourself with a certain amount of time on your phone once you’ve completed a homework assignment or finished a chore, for instance.

2️⃣ Turn off your phone at certain times of the day, such as when you’re driving, in a meeting, at the gym, having dinner, or playing with your kids. Don’t take your phone with you to the bathroom.

3️⃣ Don’t bring your phone or tablet to bed. The blue light emitted by the screens can disrupt your sleep if used within two hours of bedtime. Turn devices off and leave them in another room overnight to charge. Instead of reading eBooks on your phone or tablet at night, pick up a book. You’ll not only sleep better but research shows you’ll also remember more of what you’ve read.

4️⃣ Replace your smartphone use with healthier activities. If you are bored and lonely, resisting the urge to use your smartphone can be very difficult. Have a plan for other ways to fill the time, such as meditating, reading a book, or chatting with friends in person.

5️⃣ Play the “phone stack” game. Spending time with other smartphone addicts? Play the “phone stack” game. When you’re having lunch, dinner, or drinks together, have everyone place their smartphones face down on the table. Even as the phones buzz and beep, no one is allowed to grab their device. If someone can’t resist checking their phone, that person has to pick up the check for everyone.

6️⃣ Remove social media apps from your phone so you can only check Facebook, Twitter and the like from your computer. And remember: what you see of others on social media is rarely an accurate reflection of their lives—people exaggerate the positive aspects of their lives, brushing over the doubts and disappointments that we all experience. Spending less time comparing yourself unfavorably to these stylized representations can help to boost your mood and sense of self-worth.

7️⃣ Limit checks. If you compulsively check your phone every few minutes, wean yourself off by limiting your checks to once every 15 minutes. Then once every 30 minutes, then once an hour. If you need help, there are apps that can automatically limit when you’re able to access your phone.

8️⃣ Curb your fear of missing out. Accept that by limiting your smartphone use, you’re likely going to miss out on certain invitations, breaking news, or new gossip. There is so much information available on the Internet, it’s almost impossible to stay on top of everything, anyway. Accepting this can be liberating and help break your reliance on technology.

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  2. Debjeet Mukherjee

    I was really trying to overcome Smartphone Addiction but I couldn't overcome it. I was searching a solution for it and suddenly this video came as a medicine to me . By seeing this video , I have promised my self that I will follow each and every line what she told . Thank You So much🙏🙏🙏😭 . Jai Sri Guru Maharaj Ji ki Jai.🙏🙏🙏

  3. Bill Youmans

    But I am watching this on a gadget. Also my spiritual reading is all on the gadgets because I have no room for books. And books destroy trees. But she is right we have to watch the fracturing these things produce

  4. dragonsteps

    i see compassion and kindness in you, but at the same time you are practical and down to earth. i am excited to read bhagavad gita and vivekanandas books ♥️ shiva brought me here, om namah shivaya!

  5. Anoop Singh Gill

    Excellent points given by Mataji but very few are able to adhere to such good advice due to their hectic lifestyles.

  6. Achala Bhusari

    Every day I listen to lots of spiritual discourses, keertans , bhajans, shlokas on you tube. I really don't know it's a smartphone addiction or devotion to God

  7. Pad4Swami

    Even watching so many programs on zoom YouTube is addiction .. practice 1-2 of what we hear is important
    And listening to a lot is not knowledge so let us pledge to practice 1-2 important items and spend our time in yog, rumination and discovery of our Self

  8. venkat rao

    Your giving valuable words…
    But with smart phones…
    Then world can't move now a days …
    For example: your valuable message also we can't watch.

  9. Ranie

    Good luck in finding friends that will lift u up ….All they wanted to know is your personal business … I live my whole life waiting for someone that will lift me up…still waiting

  10. sai lakshmi

    When i wake up first i touch my mobile & nearly i spent time 1 to 2 hr. then my day will start. even i know its bad habit but i cant control…..iam trying to control from last but i can not

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