6 Reasons to Put your Phone Away

Mobile phone being one of the greatest inventions of this century is also the most misused one.  The device invented to make our work easy is often found being used for leisure activities more than work. It’s important to define your usage and ensure that you are the user of the phone and not the other way round.  Let’s look at some ways with which we can benefit by reducing our usage of the mobile phone. 

1, Lowers concentration

Having your phone out while doing homework or revision has been shown to reduce performance by 20%. You’re always tempted to pick up your phone every few minutes to check whether you got a new text or an instagram post or a tweet. It will always distract you.

2. Increases FOMO 

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), or the compulsive need to know what others are doing leads to worse moods and increased anxiety. Someone will always be on vacation or buying a new phone or having the time of their lives while you’re at home studying for your test tomorrow. And that is okay.

3. Increases Stress & Anxiety 

Over use of mobile phones leads to increased anxiety, feelings of loneliness and low self-esteem. Reliance on mobile phones can cause irritation, frustration and impatience.  Read a book instead. Go out and go buy your favourite cake. Anything is better than feeling low and lonely.

4. Wraps your Views of Reality 

Nobody is as happy as they seem on Facebook & Instagram or as wise as they appear on Twitter & LinkedIn. Don’t ever forget that social media is not real life. There are a lot of things you don’t know about people’s lives because they don’t display everything on social media. Only the good parts. Don’t be fooled.

5. Reduces Memory 

Instant messages are distracting, which often leads to forgetfulness. You loose track of what you were doing or your thought process is interrupted.

6. Makes You Sleep Worse 

Prolonged use of a mobile phone leads to poor sleep quality and duration. The backlight on your phone delays the release of Melatonin, which is a hormone important for sleep.

 

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