A recent infographic shared by SavingSpot shows we might be addicted to our smartphones more than we think. Did you know that an average person taps, swipes and clicks their smartphone about 2,617 times — a day?
Most freelancers, business owners and entrepreneurs appreciate the fact that smartphones offer them the opportunity to quickly check their emails, upload new products to their websites and even interact with their customers, all on the go. And while this is great, it is the addiction and the urge to always check your smartphone every other second that is worrying.
A 2016 Microsoft consumer study claimed the attention span for human beings had dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds (lower than the notoriously ill-focused goldfish) mainly because of the effects of the increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain.
There are various ways that you can break the smartphone addiction. One way to do it is to disable push notifications that constantly lure you to check your phone. You could start by just disabling a few notifications and work your way up. A good number of entrepreneurs have become so fixated on the next alert, they are having trouble focusing on other tasks affecting their businesses.
It is also advisable to create a physical distance between you and your smartphone. Stop using your phone as an alarm clock. Get a clock for that. A good number of people keep checking their smartphones at night. Such behavior distracts your quality of sleep and focus the following day.
And while ditching your smartphone completely might be impossible, a little concentrated effort to reduce your phone use will help you improve your attention span, focus and ultimately improve your work flow.
And finally, the road to recovery starts with being aware of the problem. You must also be conscious of the time you spend on your smartphone and the infographic below should help you determine that.
So, Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?
Use the infographic below to find out.