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My Phone Stole Four Years of My Life

We spend four years looking down at our phones. Four years – 1,460 days of our lives. The length of an entire college career.

The benefits?

Less meaningful interactions, lowered human social skills, depression, and anxiety. (Aside from making the person you’re sitting with feel incredibly boring and uninteresting).

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The first thing you need to understand is the difference between needing your phone and wanting it. In today’s world, most people need their phones to work, connect, reply to work emails and texts. That is when you need your phone. However, most people continue to use their phones after, usually turning into a lot of wasted time, many times making you feel like a complete loser.

The trick that got me off my phone is quite simple. All I did was move the apps I used more when I wanted my phone – Instagram and Snapchat – to the last page on my screen. That way, when I opened my phone I didn’t automatically click on these applications. My brain then remembers they are on the last page and remembers WHY they are there.

Some of the reasons that my brains remembers are:

  • Avoiding too much social media stimulation (lead to wasted time, comparing myself to others, obsessing about meaningless things)
  • feeling insecure
  • Most importantly, avoiding wasting the time I could be using to be active (gym, going for a walk with my dogs, etc)

Naturally, we can’t avoid everything making us feel insecure, sooner or later we have to face it, but what we can do is reduce the amounts of it. The good news is humans grow, and so do self-esteems. The goal is to get to a point in life where your self-esteem is bullet-proof; nothing being able to hurt it. 

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