See how dependent you are on your phone, and how to stop

See how dependent you are on your phone, and how to stop
During the summer of 2016, we passed along some data generated by research firm Dscout, showing that the average person touches his phone 2,617 times a day. The same research found that the average person uses their handset 2.4 hours a day, rising to 3.8 hours a day for a heavier user. But these stats don't really get to the heart of the matter. The real question to be asking is, are you dependent on your smartphone to the point that you feel withdrawal symptoms when you don't have it up and running?

Check out the flow chart that we cut into easier-to-read bite sized images in the slideshow below. There, you will be able to see whether you might suffer from "nomophobia" (the fear of being without your mobile phone). Do you start to get nervous when the battery indicator on your phone drops to 15%? If your network is down (and there is no Wi-Fi signal), do you keep checking your handset to see if connectivity has returned? Depending on how you respond to questions like, "Do you fret over unanswered emails while on the go?," you might be dependent on your phone.

So how can you break through a smartphone dependency? The infographic that follows the flow chart in the slideshow gives you some suggestions. One thing that might help is to use the word "don't" instead of "can't. Repeat to yourself over and over, "I don't check my phone more than once an hour." Another idea is to start with smaller, reachable goals. Instead of telling yourself that you are going to leave your phone alone for an hour at a time, start with 15-minutes instead. Google ethicist Tristan Harris suggests that a dependent smartphone user scramble the position of apps on his/her device. This will keep the user's thumb from using muscle memory to click on the same apps over and over.

Data indicate that those who go cold turkey from their phone suffer through many of the same feelings of withdrawal that a person dependent on drugs does when he/she abrupt;y stops taking them. If that scares you enough to start the process of weaning off of your handset, check out the tips on how to do this by clicking on the slideshow below.

source: CashNetUSA



1. Manny0122

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

smartphone in general are very useful but is not like i need to check my phone every 5 minutes

7. peace247 unregistered

I'm quite addicted to my smartphone (daily 10hr+ sot, im jobless). But, when I'm with my family or friends, smartphone is no no...i don't think of it once.

2. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

If you read the article then there's a good chance you're addicted to your phone. Just sayin.

5. Manny0122

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

I read it and I think the advice it gives is very useful

3. AverageGadgetFeind

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

On a serious note, @PhoneArena you guys need to be mindful of the pictures/ illustrations your putting up.. That's very irresponsible to be putting an image like that on the article

6. AronWunarso

Posts: 245; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Yeah, I got confused where are those line connected.

4. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

I definitely keep push notifications off and silence apps like FaceBooker and SnapChatting... Aint nobody got time to be on their phone all day! We got angry shoppers out here ready to brawl for the last 4K TV on the shelf! lol

8. ZeroSlack_Jack

Posts: 35; Member since: May 02, 2017

Can anyone link me with the non "byte-sized" version of this infographic?

9. Brewski

Posts: 736; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Yes. I never understood why Phone Arena likes to break up infographics into smaller pieces making them useless. It was meant to be viewed as one cohesive image. That's like breaking up a panorama and saying, "Now it's easier to view!" SMH.

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