The Business Today television program explores the power of smartphones, social media and how communication technologies can become addictive.
Is it Time to Take a Break From Your Smartphone?
These days, we are all attached to our smartphones as if they were extensions of us. True, they are useful, but many experts have pointed out the pitfalls of staring into our screens for so many hours a day. Have you thought that you might be using your smartphone to much? As discussed on the Business Today television program, here are some things to consider if you think you might need a break from your device.
Are You Ignoring People in Real Life?
Smartphone addiction can be alienating for your friends and family. Do you find yourself not paying attention to others? Maybe it’s time to put the phone down.
Does Your Neck Hurt?
Research shows that looking down at your phone can cause neck pain, back problems, and bad posture. If you notice these symptoms, perhaps you should use your phone less — or maybe raise your phone nearer to your face.
Is Your Attention Span Decreasing?
Some active smartphone users report a decrease in attention span and short-term memory. They attribute it to the use of their phones, but research has not been conclusive as to whether there’s a direct link. In any case, a break from your device may help you improve your focus.
You don’t necessarily need to make a clean break from your smartphone, but tapering use off little by little could determine if it’s causing problems for you. In the end, it’s all about what you want in your smartphone relationship.