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Is It Time You Gave Your Phone A Break?

Do you think that you spend too much time on your phone? If you’ve had to think about it, then chances are you’re probably already too reliant on your phone to get you through the day.

‘Smartphone addiction’ is becoming more and more common, particularly amongst younger generations who have grown up in a world not knowing what it was like before smartphones were invented. Smartphone addiction is linked to low self-esteem among other conditions, and so perhaps a break from your tech now and then wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

Trouble sleeping?

If you experience difficulty getting to sleep at night, your smartphone could be to blame. The light given off by your smartphone can prevent you from sleeping, so experts recommend that you put your gadgets away at least an hour before you go to bed. Try reading a book or practising a bit of yoga before bed to get you in the right mindset for sleep and to stop you wasting time on pointless browsing.


Mobile phone companies are continuing to adjust their technology to make it easier for people to get to sleep at night, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the latest tech news from fro details of the latest developments. They say it takes 28 days to form a habit, so in four weeks you completely change your nighttime routine.

Remembering the art of conversation

If you’ve seen (or read) Ready Player One, you’ll have seen a glimpse of what the world could look like if most of our lives were spent living in a virtual universe – but it’s something we’re already starting to experience now. If you’re guilty of using your phone while at the dinner table or while someone’s talking to you, start changing your habits and remember what it’s like to simply talk to someone. You’ll benefit a lot more from their conversation, and they’ll appreciate the attention you’re giving them.

Boost your happiness

Many studies have shown that taking a break from technology can be good for self-esteem, especially among young people. The pressures caused by the need to appear ‘perfect’ on social media can lead to stress and anxiety that could soon start affecting other areas of your life. Once you get into the habit of taking a break from your phone, you’ll soon start noticing an improvement in your mood and find yourself less reliant on checking your phone to get you through the day.


Taking a break from your phone isn’t always easy, but there are benefits that show that you should at least give it a try. Start by leaving your phone in another room when you don’t need it or when you’re watching TV or eating dinner – ‘out of sight, out of mind’ can really come into play here and start to make you less dependent on your phone. Do you think you could give your phone a break from time to time? Why not give it a try and see how it could benefit you.

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