'Smartphone detox' shown to relieve stress and anxiety - similar to detoxing from other addi
Let's face it: Hundreds of millions of people around the world are addicted to their smartphones. Everywhere we go, we see people with their eyes glued to their smartphone screens, scanning the latest information, texting away or gaming. But as we're beginning to find out, this Information Age addiction is not healthy. As noted by Mind Body Green, researchers are discovering that smartphone addiction is rewiring our minds and decreasing our memory and attention spans, as well as bolstering our anxiety levels.
In addition, notes Gallup, 81 percent of us have our phones within arm's reach and check it at least once per hour. Further, one in five young people admit to checking their smartphones at least once every five minutes. In short order, this 21st century technological marvel has evolved from making our lives more convenient by being able to communicate anywhere, to plugging us all into the same techno-drug. We see couples supposedly on a romantic date who can't take their faces out of their phones. Parents stare into them as they ignore their children. Motorists kill themselves and others because they can't drive without texting ... and so on. Being "common" does not make something "normal." If you're someone who is burning the candle at both ends, running on empty without taking much time for yourself or your family, living a life that includes being compulsively attached to your smartphone, you are very likely in need of a smartphone detox. Ask Dr. William Cole, writing for Mind Body Green, for whom the addiction had become a big problem. "I knew I had to create space in my life, so I put myself on an eight-week smartphone detox. Here is the breakdown of how I got through two months without a smartphone—and how you can follow suit."
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Go back to the 20th century Cole deactivated his smartphone altogether and went back to using an analog phone that his 7-year-old daughter was using as a toy. He also noted that the old analog flip-phones are like little bricks – you can drop them all day and you won't end up with a busted screen. He called it a "dumb phone" because the only thing it could do was call and text. So the idea is to just use a phone that can "call, text and be used as a paperweight." And even the texting will be minimized, because if you recall, the earliest flip phone texting was cumbersome because the alphabet was grouped on the phone buttons, not singled out
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