Fighting a smartphone obsession: 5 ways to stay focused and keep your smartphone from distracting you
posted by Victor H. / Jul 17, 2013, 9:08 AM
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.
Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012
You missed one really obvious way to stop a smartphone from distracting you: TURN IT OFF!!!! Simple.
posted on Jul 17, 2013, 9:26 AM 15
Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012
Put it in a vault and throw the key away, done
posted on Jul 17, 2013, 11:05 AM 1
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
posted on Jul 17, 2013, 9:31 AM 3
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.
posted on Jul 19, 2013, 6:12 PM 0
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
posted on Jul 17, 2013, 9:33 AM 0
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...
posted on Jul 17, 2013, 9:38 AM 0
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?
posted on Jul 17, 2013, 10:50 AM 3
Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013
Rule #1 - Stop refreshing phonearena every 5 minutes
posted on Jul 17, 2013, 10:53 AM 3
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.
posted on Jul 17, 2013, 11:09 AM 1
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.
posted on Jul 17, 2013, 1:16 PM 1
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