Imagine a week where you have no access to your phone, which means no calls, texts, mails and, of course, no social media. Today’s generation cannot go for a few hours without their phone, let alone an entire week.
An average person spends at least 4-5 hours a day on their phone. The constant beeping and blinking surely distracts one from their tasks. This type of addiction is not only harmful but also creates a huge impact on the emotional and psychological well-being.
In this age and stage where it’s so important to maintain an online presence, it won’t be fair to completely discard your gadgets and various social media handles. Rather, a minimalistic approach is required to curb this constant need to use the smartphone. Here comes the word “Digital Minimalism”.
Minimalism is the knack of knowing how much is just enough. Taking a step ahead, digital minimalism is the concept where a user knows when to put a stop on their personal technology. It’s an essential part when one wants to lead a focused life and avoid unnecessary noise from their lives.
“These days, children of class V or VI also bring phones into the classroom. When asked why, the answers are usually to use social media, for online chatting and to click selfies and pictures,” says Sarita Madan, a school teacher in Hyderabad.
Technology is great and these days there are all kinds of apps that will help you fix any situation. But, spending hours and hours on a smartphone is no good either. While reduction in phone usage doesn’t happen overnight and it’ll take months to get used to it, but there are methods to get you untethered from your phone.
Firstly, you need to delete all your social media apps till the time your craving stops. There will be times where you’ll tumble and download them back, but if you look into your screen time, the apps that keep you glued to you phone for hours together are the social apps.
Secondly, you need to figure out which apps are healthy for you and which aren’t, which means deleting all the gaming and entertainment apps. Instead, you can switch to educational apps, relaxing and meditating apps. An additional effort that you can make to minimise your phone usage is to turn off notifications for all the apps. This decreases the urge to immediately pick up and check the device as soon as it beeps.
Bottom line is don’t restrict yourself as you’ll gradually be able to make changes by inculcating these new habits. At the end of the day, it should be a conscious choice to use your phone and not because some kind of addiction is compelling you to do so.