Fighting a smartphone obsession: 5 ways to stay focused and keep your smartphone from distracting you

Fighting a smartphone obsession: 5 ways to stay focused and keep your smartphone from distracting you
We'd the first ones to admit that smartphones are amazing. Nowadays, a smartphone can often times replace a camera, notebook, e-reader, music player, GPS navigators and who knows what else. However by giving all these functions to a single device, we are just begging for distraction.

Think about it - how often do you find yourself interrupted by all sorts of worthless notifications? We made a conscious effort to track that and while there is no universal answer, we can definitely say “too many times!” Facebook likes, group messages, game updates and all sorts of notifications just join together for a never-ending stream of distractors. Until we decided, we've had enough.

Was it time to throw away those smartphones and go back to the good ol’ times when only an email, text or a call would interrupt your day? That’s one option we considered, but why give up all the benefits of a smartphone? Would not it be better if we ourselves could control our behavior and have smartphone comply?

It was time for a serious reassessment of what we do on a smartphone, how we do it and when we do it. After weeks of experimenting, we think we’ve narrowed it down to just six steps that got us rid of unnecessary distractions. We kept our gorgeous smartphone and our focus. Every once in a while we would get tempted to break the rules, but as soon as distraction settles in, we go back to reminding ourselves that it is us who control our devices, not the other way around.

Take a look at the six rules we came up to stay focused and keep our smartphones from distracting us right below, and do not hesitate to share your thoughts on this itchy subject in the comments below.

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26 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Fight a smartphone obsession? Ain't nobody got time for that! We love smartphones!

20. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

so true...

2. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I'm having more trouble prying myself away from my desktop PC.

3. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

are their any fight the buying smartphone obsession?? I love to buy then sell then buy hahahaha

4. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

You missed one really obvious way to stop a smartphone from distracting you: TURN IT OFF!!!! Simple.

17. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Put it in a vault and throw the key away, done

23. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Then you get the most important call ever... Your grandmother calls. Dun dun dun...

5. Caukerzee

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 02, 2013

Goob tips.

6. in_core

Posts: 80; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

so what the author is trying to say is buy the highend smartphone like S4 or the ONE and use it like a Nokia 1100? Guess he had too much of smartphone triumph

25. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

Exactly. I'm trying to limit my use of smartphone but with its price, I feel like I should be really taking advantage of all its features especially when I have unli data. Thats why my next phone will be just a midrange phone.

7. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

"Watching videos on a phone is horrible for the baterry and the eyes"..ehm, not if you have a device with a high quality screen, and watch it from proper distance. Eyes are tiring the least when the diagonal of the device is about 3 times less the watching distance,.. so if you watch a 5inch full HD screen from your usual holding distance, you will actually be better than watching a 15'' laptop or 10'' tablet from the same distance, where your eye muscles will work overtime to follow what's happening across the huge screen. That's a scientific proven fact. As for the battery, again, most high end phones have 9-12 hours of video playback endurance, so the forementioned statement is not entirely true. Lastly, about the physical buttons for controlling the music?? Lol, what? I can change songs and recieve calls with headsets i got shipped with my phone

8. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

I'm so addicted to using smartphone all the time. I didn't even read this article! XD

9. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

lol the last tip, "Use different devices for different tasks" then why to buy high-end smartphone most high-end are all-in-one great camera for taking camera,nice screen for watch video,good sound for enjoy music,playing game like some old day console,like ps1/ps2, surf the net like pc smooth and fast and more...

10. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Number 6 - Don't buy a smartphone, you'd be better off with a Nokia 3310 according to this post.

11. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Turn it off and throw it in the trash. Dig it out when you're finished with your work.

12. sadiqhashim unregistered

I can sleep only if my battery is exhausted.

13. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Even when I'm not using apps or making calls, I find myself staring absent-mindedly at my smartphone, admiring its screen, construction, and basically just taking in the beauty of it. Even if I put it away in a drawer or something, I like to look at it to see how well it complements the contents of the drawer, the grain of the wood that the drawer is made of, etc. What do I do?

26. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

LOL! At least you won't hurt your eyes with the phone screen's light in the dark.

14. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

Rule #1 - Stop refreshing phonearena every 5 minutes

15. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Impossible (except on weekends).

16. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

I get a notification whenever a new article is up, I use pulse

18. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

That would be impossible because i get a notification whenever a new article is up :)

19. johnriii

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

i bet I hit my power button on my phone over 500 times a day. maybe more. just to see the screen. yes, I'm obsessed. anytime I have to use my smartphone for anything, it's like xmas-time. I've been researching my next smartphone since DECEMBER. I upgrade now in 8 days. my wife will probably be happer than I will when that day comes and goes.

24. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Lol. Damn...

21. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Im currently reviewing for the CPA Board Exam and sometimes i am having a hard time to fight my obsession to my Note2 :) But still stable

22. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Show some sense with regard to your kids - and I mean all the way through high school and up through college when they're home. Their phone should not be in their bedroom at night. Period. Our daughter accepted this rule from day one, and even at college, she either turns it off when she goes to bed or puts it somewhere where even it's buzzing can't be heard - in a drawer or closet.

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