There’s no doubt that our phones are incredibly useful and massively popular devices. But to an alien visitor it might look as though our phones are controlling us rather than the other way around. If you’ve ever felt that way here are some tricks and tips to restoring the balance.
A digital detox is becoming more and more popular as people try to wrestle back some time without their phones. It could be one day a week, a whole holiday, or just long enough to watch a film or eat dinner without checking your phone. You might want to combine it with a break from computers and TV as well.
It can quickly become obvious how much attention our phones take. Even when concentrating on something else that little ping from a notification is always there to demand our time and even when it isn’t going off we are always anticipating it in the back of our minds.
If you are concerned someone might need to get hold of you in a real emergency, have a profile or setting that only rings for certain numbers and leaves everything else on silent. Then put your phone to one side and try not to check it.
Don’t let your mobile interrupt your sleep patterns. Studies have shown that the blue light from our phone screens tricks the body into thinking it is daylight and it should be awake – which can be a serious problem if you indulge in some late night phone use.
Mobile phones could also be contributing to one of the biggest global health concerns right now – male infertility. Research has shown the electromagnetic field mobiles use can pass through the body and affect the development of sperm in an effect some experts described as “cooking” them.
Do you sometimes feel like your mobile rules your life? What could you do about it?
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