Phone addiction | Addiction to social networks | How to stop phone addiction


Phone addiction or social media addiction. This video is about how to stop phone addiction and break the phone's addiction to social networks.

So a few months ago I was thinking when was the last time you sat down for a cup of coffee without doing anything else, being there in the moment, relaxing and not occupying my mind with the mess of your phone. In other words, mono-task.

With so many of us using phones or social networks so often, I decided it is time to do a little research on the health implications that our modern lives have on us. In this week's video, we are analyzing how to stop phone addiction and what research they have found on the health implications of the high use of social networks.

Recently, scientists from the United Kingdom at Imperial College London published a really fascinating study on how the use of social networks affects the mental health of adolescents.

The study was very large with 10,000 adolescents from the United Kingdom and was conducted for a period of 2 years. Social media platforms included applications such as WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. In the study, the high use of social networks was defined as verifying it more than 3 times a day! Now you're probably thinking what I thought, three times a day! Intensive use of social networks, I'm sure I check my phone at least 20 times a day!

The study analyzed how the use of social networks prevents you from doing what is good for your mental health. Therefore, avoid getting enough sleep, avoid physical activity and the effect of being harassed online.

So what did they find? Well, first of all, there was a relationship between social networks and physiological well-being 2 years later in girls and it was completely mediated by the experience of being bullied online, not getting enough sleep or getting enough physical activity.

So basically, what social networks prevent you from doing is good for your mental health. Now, these three mechanisms were not found to be significant in children, but there was still a relationship between the use of social networks in children and mental health, and I suppose it can only be assumed that there are different mechanists who will affect well-being physiological of children, so more research is needed.

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So, the next question is how can we break the phone addiction?

The good news is that I have been testing these techniques and reduced them to my top four, so let's start.

Tip 1: I think by far the most effective advice I found is to first change your phone to grayscale, it makes a big difference those fun bright colors stimulate your brain every time you unlock, eliminate that stimulation and the crossed fingers reduce the Your phone time.

Tip 2: you should stop using your phone as an alarm clock, I know we have all got used to it and it was very difficult for me. But I bought an alarm clock, which meant that I no longer carried by my side.

By having my phone on the other side of the room, I was not constantly moving, which I am sure you have done many times when you are in bed at night or first thing in the morning when it is plugged in.

Tip 3: it's easy to use and very effective Turn off notifications and just leave it enabled for text calls and important calls.

Tip 4: It is probably the most difficult way to get used to it, since for years we have trained to leave home with our phone. And yes, it is scary to start with, but the practice makes perfect.

Obviously, just do it when it is convenient, but I promise you that once you get used to it, freedom is incredible and also that need to constantly check your phone will slowly fade.

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