You have your phone keeping you connected to everyone wherever you are. You have your laptop. Your tablet and wearable devices also do the same thing. It’s convenient when you need to connect with everyone at work or your immediate family during emergencies. Daily, however, all these ways of staying in touch also make you distracted. And that’s not a good thing. Here are some reasons you should use your mobile devices less frequently:
We Suffer from Poor Sleep
The device closest to you at all times is your phone, which is loaded with apps that keep you updated on what everyone is doing. Even updates that have nothing to do with you will be delivered to your notifications bar to remind you to use social media apps every couple of hours. It’s not such a bad thing to see how everyone is doing, but when you’re glued to your phone screen even during bedtime, you don’t realize how much time has passed. And even when you eventually fall asleep, you don’t get good-quality sleep because your body is attuned to those notifications. It’s easy enough to switch your phone to silent mode and to use motorized blinds to make your room in NJ more conducive to sleep, but it takes a little more effort to make those phantom notifications go away. When you’re used to being on your phone, even if there’s no actual notification, you still hear that phantom ring or feel that phantom vibration, which makes sleeping harder.
We Hide from Ourselves
Studies show that the generation that grew up with the internet relied on it so much that we didn’t develop the skills needed to form meaningful connections in the real world. If you’ve ever wondered why millennials seem to be bad at dating or sticking to a committed relationship, this is one of the reasons. It doesn’t help that millennials are an anxious generation, but instead of working on self-improvement, a good portion of the population chooses to stay distracted. The idea is that when you’re too busy with work or with meeting new people, you will not have to sit alone with your thoughts.
We Crave Stimulation
You get instant gratification when someone likes your selfies or reacts to your post. This can be quite addicting, and it makes you want to post more and check your posts more often. You might have missed a new like, or you might need to reply to a new comment. Soon, it becomes a habit that’s hard to break. It’s one thing for stimulus to be present if you can ignore them; the problem is you can’t. Brains that have gotten used to the dopamine hit associated with social media apps crave stimulation, and you find it harder to focus without checking your phone every so often.
The next time you want to pick up your phone, don’t. Learn to live in the moment instead of focusing on whatever’s happening on your phone screen. You’d be happier and more productive if you didn’t always feel like you’re missing out.