5 Situations Where You Should Control Your Smartphone Addiction

It’s 2016 and for the majority of college students, smartphones are basically an extension of the hand—they’re a part of us we can no longer live without.

Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is practically an impossibility getting lost when finding a new place, you can get a ride home from anywhere with just a few taps, and you can even find a potential date with just a couple of right swipes!

It’s an exciting time with new technologies emerging left, right and center, but sometimes we just need to take a step back and remember that some things are possible, and maybe even better, when you’re not using your smartphone. Here are some situations where you should learn how to control your smartphone addiction:

When you’re walking

Your SO, friends, or newly unlocked level of Candy Crush can wait, I promise. It’s just not worth walking into someone or something. Take the time to slow down and appreciate what’s around you when you’re walking, whether it’s nature or the bustling city or anything in between.

When you’re lying in bed before you fall asleep

I’m incredibly guilty of this one, and I’m sure many of you reading this are, too. Not only is this bad for your sleep cycle, but you also might drop your phone on your face. And I speak from experience when I say that that can hurt quite a lot.

While you’re eating

One thing that can make you happier than your smartphone is some delicious food. Put your phone down and turn all your attention to the plate in front of you; you won’t regret it. Also, you won’t get food on your phone.

When you’re on a date/with friends

You might prefer texting your friends instead of hanging out. And when you actually do meet up, one (or both) of you is likely giving more attention to your phone than the person you’re with. If you’re meeting the person for the first time, it won’t leave a good first impression. So put your phone on silent, relax, and enjoy the conversation.

When you’re in class

This one is the most obvious on the list, yet you can probably see people more captivated by their phone than the lecture in at least one of your classes. Your parents (or you) spend a lot of money for you to get an education, so you should probably make the most of it. After all, there is no doubt that your phone will be waiting for you after class!

And how exactly can you control your addiction? Well there are different methods, and everyone is different. Maybe you can try downloading one of those self-control apps. Or just simply turn it off when you don’t want to be distracted by it (Easier said than done, I know). Just put effort into whatever method you choose, and you’ll be on the road to lessening your addiction in no time!