You may think your smartphone is the most useful tool you have. But, sometimes, it can cause more grief than joy. Thus, some people are undergoing digital detox. If you think that unplugging yourself from tech is impossible for your situation, do not worry. There are still ways that can alleviate the feeling of being overloaded.
If you want to minimize your digital usage, you may wish to delete some apps from your smartphone.
Apps That Can Distract
These apps would include but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Each time you get an alert, your brain experiences an elevation of dopamine. When you check the message, you receive a second shot, thereby, creating a rewarded digital behavior. Each time you check your message, you will have the same feeling as when you use a slot machine. If you eliminate those social apps, it reduces your cravings for that kind of digital rush.
But not only social apps.
Games, too, must also go. Pokemon Go is one of those games that can contribute to compulsive digital use.
Messaging apps must also be eliminated. They are especially distracting when you are driving. These apps would include Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and several others.
Draining Your Bank Account
Some apps are burning a hole in your pockets. Now, if saving a significant amount of money is your goal this 2017, then you must get rid of those shopping apps.
Each shopping company has an app. Perhaps, you have one or two of them. When you get rid of them, however, it will not only free up your phone’s space, but it will also prevent you from purchasing anything.
Delivery apps must also be erased. Because they are easy to access, you are more likely to make an order. Now, if you do not have these apps on your phone, then you are more inclined to make your dinner, instead of ordering online through delivery apps.
Taking Up Space
There are apps that you have downloaded, but you never use. This year, consider organizing your screen by deleting programs that come with your phones, such as Compass and Stocks. Clear your phone and allow only those objects that you use each day. It is how you approach your smartphone.
Now, if you do not want to delete any of those apps, you should at least learn self-discipline. Disable notifications on your mobile. As you continuously receive alerts, it can wreak havoc with your concentration. When it is time for you to go to bed, try putting it in silent mode and turn off wifi.
Instead of using your phone as an alarm, try the traditional alarm clock. Why? If you use it as an alarm, it is the first thing that you see in the morning. Keep your waking moments completely tech-free.
Get natural highs elsewhere by going for a run to get your endorphins going. Most of us are addicted to tech because of the so-called dopamine rush. The key to breaking it is to find natural highs.