Are you addicted to your phone? Do you feel uncomfortable without it? Do you get anxious about your notifications? Do you find yourself looking at your phone at inappropriate times?
If you answered yes to any to or all of those questions, you’re not alone.
According to research from Reviews.org, 46 per cent of Australians consider themselves to be addicted to their phone.
Our smartphone has become such a central part of our lives – it’s how we connect, how we express ourselves, how we record our memories and it also keeps us entertained.
The research revealed that 55 per cent of Australians never leave their house without their phone and 72 per cent sleep with their phones beside their beds.
And 79 per cent check their phone within 10 minutes of waking up.
Have you ever felt uneasy leaving your phone behind? You’re one of the 75 per cent that feel the same way.
But our addiction is also costing us money as well with 32 percent of respondents saying they’ve gone over their data allowances because they use their phone too much.
Telcos have responded with mobile plans that have generous data allowances for a lower monthly cost.
This study follows the recent Review.org research that found the average Australian spends 5.5 hours on their phone per day.
So it comes as no surprise that nearly half of respondents to the latest study admitted they are addicted to their devices.
So what can you do to curb this addiction?
Reducing the time spent on a screen would be the first step.
Make time for activities that don’t involve your smartphone like a board game, reading a book, working on a jigsaw puzzle or crafts or anything else they can help you unplug.
You can try a digital detox and spend 24 hours without your device, but the danger there is that everything you left behind including emails and notifications will be still there for you when you get back. This could cause even more stress and force you to spend even more time than usual on your phone to catch up.
Set yourself some boundaries and times of the day when you won’t be looking at your smartphone, like at mealtimes, spending time with loved ones and before you go to bed.