How to Free Yourself from Your Smartphone These Holidays

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Over-reliance on anything is never nice.

Are modern life and the smartphone inseparable? We all have at least one stubborn, burner-wielding friend who would loudly object to such a hypothesis. But look around you on the train, in the workplace, even in your parents’ front room – and you’ll likely come to the conclusion that that Nokia-owning friend is the exception that proves the rule.

There’s no shame in owning or even loving your smartphone, then, but that doesn’t mean it’s not without its dangers. The average user taps, swipes, or clicks their device nearly 3,000 times a day, and while the wear-and-tear to your thumb is probably not the risk you might perceive, this constant checking and re-checking is evidence of reduced attention paid to other areas of your life. And over-reliance on anything for emotional comfort is never a good thing.

Nobody’s saying you need to do something as drastic as locking your phone away for 24 hours. You have a life to lead, after all. But if you’re sick of being lured back to that glowing screen by those sugar-sweet apps the massive digital corporations use to keep us pumping data into the system, you’ll probably agree it’s worth taking some straightforward measures to put yourself back in control of your smartphone use.

A change of attitude, a change of habit, and a change of software are all among the tweaks you can make to get yourself back on the straight and narrow. And this new visual guide from CashNetUSA contains details on these and more cures to get your smartphone addiction sorted. A modern life spent in sway to a little plastic device is no life at all.

John Cole

John writes on behalf of NeoMam Studios. A digital nomad specialising in leadership, digital media, and personal growth topics, his passions include world cinema and biscuits. A native Englishman, he is always on the move, but can most commonly be spotted in the UK, Norway, and the Balkans.

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