Many people feel like they are addicted to their phones–to the point that there’s a new phobia, nomophobia (the fear of no-mobile).
This Lifehacker article provides some useful habits for not allowing our smartphones to make us act like socially challenged tech addicts in group environments:
- No phone usage at social events unless you really need to call someone or you’re looking up information as a group activity.
- No answering calls or text messages on a date unless you’re expecting an emergency call or the calls will not stop coming.
- No smartphone usage during short-term interactions (e.g. checking out at the grocery store).
- Turn off alerts for most apps: “This is a really great way to customize what’s going to distract you and what won’t.”
- Lock your phone with a long password: “Make it 20 characters long and include numbers and symbols. Entering it will take a while and you’ll get frustrated. That frustration should keep you off your phone and train you to just ignore it unless you really do need to use it.”
David Murray adds a helpful rule for us as Christians: “set a rule that for every time you check email, etc., the next time you feel the urge, try to pray for someone. That will cut phone use by 50% and significantly increase the number of people you pray for every day.”