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Mobile phones help us connect with the entire world. It allows us to connect with our friends, family, and colleagues. It streamlines our workflows and helps us in managing our tasks in a better way. However, when it comes to maintaining a healthy and balanced life along with your mobile phones, it becomes quite a daunting task.
Following are some of the statistics emerged as a result of a study from Harvard Business School:
- More than 65% of the people claimed that they check their mobile phones within an hour of waking up.
- More than 50% of the people stated that they check their mobile phones right before going to sleep.
- More than 50% of the people have a habit of continuously checking their Mobile phones even during vacation.
- Another set of people (around 44%) revealed that they experience a lot of anxiety and depression if they stay away from their cellphone for a couple of days.
It is clear from the above statistics that overuse or continuous use of mobile phones can be dangerous. Without maintaining the right balance, we can have a negative impact of mobile phones on our personal lives as well. Although mobile phones provide us a lot of support and benefits if you are unable to even connect with the person sitting next to you, you are not on the right track.
Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of using your cellphone:
- The first and foremost advantage of a smartphone is “portability”. In the old times, people were dependent on landlines that weren’t very reliable. All the issues related to landline has been solved with the advent of mobile phones. Among them, the most prominent one is portability. Now, you don’t have to stay in your room to answer the phone or wait for a call. You can take your cellphone anywhere with you.
- Secondly, Mobile phones help us save time and money. Nowadays, you can enjoy free voice and text messages. Moreover, you can also connect with your friends and families who are living across the border. This service was never possible in the case of a landline in the past.
- One of the most prominent advantages of Mobile phones is the GPS guide. Now, you can not only find a person through your cellphone but you can also find your destination.
- These days, mobile phones also come with tracking functionality. With the help of this functionality, you can easily track if your children have reached their school safely.
- It is also easy to take photos and shoot videos with a smartphone in your hand.
- Mobile phones are affecting our quality of life. People often constantly watch their mobile phones while working which is not healthy at all.
- Mobile phones are disconnecting people from their families as there is no real conversation between families even during meal times.
- The rate of road accidents has also increased because of Mobile phones.
- Lack of focus is also emerging in people due to the overuse of mobile phones.
- Human beings are social animals. We all need to feel belonged and secure. However, Mobile phones are decreasing social gatherings and meetups. Due to which people are falling in depression and anxiety.
- People are also becoming less patient because of mobile phones.
- Cyberbully is also increasing because of the smartphone which is affecting our society adversely.
How can we rewire our brains?
With constant beeps, chimes, and dings, Mobile phones are stealing out mental focus. The best way to get rid of this habit and rewire your brain is through meditation, meeting positive people, and try going on a vacation with friends and family.
Some tips for best use of cellphone:
To maintain a balanced life and get the best out of your smartphone, follow these tips:
- Make a schedule in your life and follow it. You can even tell your friends and family to don’t text your late night and at odd times.
- Use a smartphone just for the sake of need and not for luxury. Remove all the distracting apps from your phone.
- Never keep your device at your bedside table at night. Remember the fact that it shouldn’t be the last thing you should see before sleeping.
- Try a 21-day challenge to break your smartphone habit and then practice it.
- Put your smartphone away the moment you enter your room.
- Change the phone settings such as setting a long passcode.
- Find some productive hobbies and engage yourself in them in leisure time.
For more information about this topic, you must follow my book “How to balance your life with a mobile phone?”.