A lot of us spend an unhealthy amount of time on our phones, in most cases browsing and checking our socials and messages way too much and probably for no reason.
Do we need to check our phones 50 or 60 times a day? 
Probably not even if you work remotely or digitally, that’s hours doing something you can do 2 or 3 times per day.
Not so long back I was spending an unhealthy amount of time looking at my phone, a cycle which pretty much went like this:
Check Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Emails - Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Emails - Repeat ten times

It's just not teenagers!

When you think about it, it is scary, and I would say it’s an addiction and will undoubtedly have an effect on your mental health.
I don’t smoke, but I would imagine its similar to that, its super tough to stop.
Just look around you when out and about, the number of people just staring at their phones is incredible, no awareness of what’s happening around them especially when walking across the road. The number of times I have slammed the brakes on because somebody walked straight in front of me just transfixed by whatever is on the phone screen...scary!
In 2008, Dr Jerald Block, writing in the respected American Journal of Psychiatry, wrote that technology addiction is now so common that it merits inclusion in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the profession’s primary resource to categorize and diagnose mental illnesses. He said the disorder leads to anger and depression when the tech isn’t available, as well as lying, social isolation and fatigue. 
That was in 2008 it's much worse now.
Here are 5 tips which I found worked for me, they may not work for you but maybe give them a try and let me know how you get on. Believe me, that message or picture will be still there, so you’re not going to miss anything.
1/ Switch on ‘Do not disturb’ when driving. No calls, texts or messages in the car. Better still my phone is now my dashcam and nothing else when in the car.
2/ Put your phone on charge at 8 pm and don’t check it until the next day. 
I love checking Twitter when watching something on TV; it’s like a running commentary of comedy one-liners, believe me, if you do this, you will have a better sleep. If you're like me, you will find this one tough to do.
3/ If you can’t switch off at 8 pm then at least try not to spend an hour or more browsing in bed, I’m sure your partner will appreciate it.
4/ Rather than checking your phone every 5 minutes try checking it once an hour in the day, easier said than done but look how much time you can spend doing something more productive.
5/ We all do it. When we’re out and about, in a queue, at that the bar, wherever we have a few seconds to check our phone we do - we blank the person next to us, and we look unsocial. Leave it in your pocket and start being more social - sometimes social media can be anti-social.
I dread to think what it’s going to be like in ten years time if we don’t spend less time on our phones and more time enjoying what we have around us.
Until next time.
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