It is always liberating to break an addiction, and one common addiction today is the smart phone. Yes, it is a useful device that has revolutionized your life, but if you cannot leave the house without it, you might have developed an addiction. Here are three steps to break your smart phone addiction:
Step 1: Imagine a day without your smart phone. Run through a typical day in your mind, and think about what you would do without your smart phone (i.e., if you were not addicted). If you were unable to browse the web on the walk from your car to the office, would that really harm you in some way? If you could not send e-mails at lunch, would that really be a problem? How would you find your way home at night if Google Maps were not in the palm of your hand?
Step 2: Run a 24-hour test. For one day (midnight to midnight), leave your smart phone turned off and sitting in a drawer. If your smart phone addiction is really extreme, you might actually have to carry the phone with you for comfort, but keep it turned off. Then you will find out that you really can function in the modern world without a smart phone. In fact, you might be less tired, overwhelmed, and frantic without that little device.
Step 3: Decide whether to break your smart phone addiction for good. After running your 24-hour test, review the experiment. When was good not to have a smart phone with you? When did you have a real need for it? Are there times in your daily life when you would be better off leaving the phone turned off (e.g., when you need to concentrate on a task)? Make this experiment count by incorporating your findings into practice going forward. We make a lot of mistakes in life by failing to question our actions. Smart phone addiction is a set of actions that deserve to be questioned. Follow the detox steps listed above and then change your smart phone use for the better.