When I am at home, my phone generally stays near my purse, and I will check it a few times a day, always returning it to my purse so I do not have to search for it throughout the house. This is how I try to stay off my phone for the majority of the day.
More and more of us - teens and parents alike - report that we have an addiction to our phones. More than half of teens and around 28% of parents report feeling the need to always be on their phone or have it nearby to immediately answer incoming messages. That's too many of us responding to a little device at all hours of the day and night.
But breaking an addiction - any addiction - isn't easy. Digital detox experts (yes, that is a thing now) do offer some tips to help:
- Have no phone zones - like the dinner table or during family time activities.
- Schedule your social media time to a few times per week, so you won't needlessly post information and learn to streamline your time online.
- Tell friends and family that you are cutting back, so they will know not to get an immediate response from you.
- Give all your devices a curfew.
What rules do you have in place around smartphone use in your home? Tell me in the comments.