“One way to wean yourself from a phone:
Put it in a drawer for a set period of time.”
Photo credit: Jennifer Jolly, Special for USA TODAY.
– “Addicted to your smartphone? Here’s how to kick the habit”
Why it matters
“Recent research shows we’re all more sucked-in and tuned-out than ever — and it’s taking on toll on everything from our productivity at work, to our emotional and personal well-being at home. Before you say we all just need more willpower, consider this: Ex-employees of Google, Apple and Facebook are raising red flags about the very tech they created — and revealing how it’s engineered to grab your attention, keep you hooked, and make you crave more.
“Earlier this month, two major investors holding about 2 billion of Apple stock, wrote a letter urging the company to address the growing problem of young people becoming addicted to iPhones. The letter states ‘78% of teens check their phones at least hourly and 50% report feeling ‘addicted’ to their phones.’ And a new study published in the journal Emotion shows a correlation between teens’ happiness and how much they time they spend on phones. Bottomline: Up to one hour a day is fine — even better than no-time says the author — but more than two hours, and it all seems to go downhill. Fast.
“What to do about it,” by Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, via KING-5 TV News, Seattle.