Smartphones are, by this point, impossible to avoid. If you want any kind of mobile phone at all, you have to work really hard NOT to get a smartphone. The days of the flip phone are over, and rather than being the coolest accessory, the Motorola RAZR is now an antique.
But regardless of all the conveniences that it brings, did you know your smartphone ruins significant portions of your life as well? It’s true! Here are four ways your smartphone is ruining your life.
1) Your smartphone ruins your schedule.
Finally, after a long day at work, you have some time to yourself, to catch up on your social media or to play that word game you’ve become obsessed with. Before you know it, a half-hour (or more!) has gone out the window and all your left with is a little quality time you spent with an inanimate device.
Or here’s an alternate scenario: you’ve managed to put your phone away to hang out with your family or loved ones, when you suddenly feel the familiar buzz in your pocket. It’s a text from your boss, and they just need to ask one quick question about that time-sensitive project, and you know where this is gonna go.
It’s true, we love to waste time, but the kind of time we waste with our smartphones can take a toll on us over the long term by killing our ability to focus on substantive things for long amounts of time.
2) Your smartphone ruins your relationships.
You may not even realize this, but sometimes people are trying to have a conversation with you but you’re waist-deep into your phone and don’t hear them.
This happens more than you might think. We can become so consumed by the world in our hand that we forget about the larger, real-world relationships around us. And in some cases, losing yourself in your phone can cause real-world damage (because not all of us have hero dads to save us from flying baseball bats).
3) Your smartphone ruins your sleep.
Ever wonder why your night’s sleep isn’t as refreshing as it used to be? The problem very well could be your phone, and no, we’re not kidding. Recent research is showing that the light that comes from your smartphone ruins your sleep cycle.
Turns out your brain is wired to think of darkness as sleeping time and brightness as waking time. When you stare at your phone before you go to bed (and don’t try to pretend like you don’t), you trick your brain into thinking it’s time to be awake, making it all the more difficult to get to sleep. And since you can’t sleep, you pick your phone back up to pass the time until you get tired, and on and on the cycle goes.
4) Your smartphone ruins your sexuality.
Porn and mobile phones go, pardon the expression, hand in hand. In fact, more and more porn consumption is happening through smartphones, and porn is terrible for your sex life. If you’re using your smartphone for porn, you’re damaging your sexuality, pure and simple.
But what if you feel compelled to use your phone for porn? What if you feel like you can’t stop? What if you and your smartphone are almost adversaries when it comes to what you want for yourself and what you actually do?
If that’s the case, there is a solution, and it’s called X3watch. This app downloads to your phone and turns it into a porn-stopping partner, blocking the bad stuff and allowing the good. It also lets you sign up a friend or trusted family member to be an accountability partner so you have someone actively helping you make healthy choices online.
Your smartphone doesn’t have to ruin your life. You can start caring about yourself – and caring FOR yourself. And it can all start today.
PS. If running accountability software like X3watch sounds too difficult for you, maybe check out this option … The No Porn Phone.