Addicted to your phone? Here’s how to use it just the right amount
Wednesday, 4 November · 1 min read

Smartphones are an important part of daily life, particularly during these challenging and isolating times. They provide easy access to information 24 hours a day and connect you with friends, family and communities near or far.

But spending too much time on your phone can have a negative impact on your mental wellbeing. It can lead to virtual relationships overtaking real ones, information overload, and fuel existing addictions, such as gambling or shopping, by making them more available.

Smartphones can also affect your concentration and ability to think creatively, as well as disrupt your sleep.

If you find it hard to put down your phone, you could you be experiencing nomophobia ('no mobile phone phobia') — a fear of being without your phone.

People who have this may get withdrawal symptoms when they're without their phone, such as:

  • feeling restless
  • feeling angry or irritable
  • having difficulty concentrating
  • craving access to your phone
  • difficulty sleeping

Have you felt any of these symptoms while away from your phone? If yes, see our tips below to help you better manage your relationship with your phone.

Quote of the day

Even moderation ought not to be practiced to excess.

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