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The Life Of A Smartphone Addict

'Alex' is this cool guy who has a lot of followers on Instagram and is amongst the most famous guys in his college. He is a regular user of social media applications. He is sad in person. This one time when he went into a cafe, his mobile stopped working for some technical reason and he started panicking and having anxiety. This is because he is a Smartphone addict.


In this blog, we will go through how ‘SmartPhones’ have become a necessity in the form of addiction and what all problems they are creating in our day-to-day lives .

Altruistic Efforts through the act of Blood Donation!

‘Smartphones’ have become our oxygen in this 21st Century. They have become the need of the hour. Doing day to day tasks have become easier with these devices at our disposal. This is all true But the bigger truth is that we are becoming obsessed and worse, addicted to these devices. These devices, more than helping us in being productive, are becoming a roadblock in our success. We can even notice ourselves using it while sitting with friends, or family which is very scary for the bonding amongst the future families. There are many new physical and mental health issues taking over this world because of smartphone addiction.

Symptoms of Being an Addict:

Neck Pain:

Most Smartphone users understand what we are talking about. Also called ‘Text Neck’, this neck pain is caused due to using smartphones a lot as we usually crouch our back while using it which is against the natural posture which we need to maintain for a healthy body.

Digital Eye Strain:

No matter if we have a full HD display in our smartphone or not, if we don’t have our eyes in a healthy state, we won’t be able to use our devices. This disease makes our eyes pain, burn, itch, and can even make our vision blurry. (No more Instagram for us? OH NOO!)

Sleeping next to our devices:

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This is a relatively newer problem but seems like a problem we are having since forever. I can’t remember the last time I saw someone sleeping without a smartphone. This is really bad for our sleep and should be taken care of. We need to sleep without any distractions and it is very essential for our wellbeing to get a well non-hindered sleep yet using mobile in the middle of the night has become a habit to us which needs to be broken.

I remember taking scolds of my parents for using smartphones in the bed at night, 5 years ago. But now they are sharing articles regarding ‘Using Smartphones less' at 6 in the morning. It is the death of Irony.

Neuroscientists throughout the world condemn multi-tasking. What people think is that while multitasking, they are doing multiple things at once. But in reality, they are just rapidly shifting their focus from one place to another and depleting their neuro-resources, which is not available in abundance, by-the-way.

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This is what Autobiographical thinking must look like

According to one study, our attention span at work has depleted by about 4 times in the last one decade. Now, don’t panic. The harsh truth has been spoken and now is the time to bring back the creativity but:

How can boredom bring back Creativity?

Even though, this state of boredom is agonising, it has its own benefits like our mind looks for ways to concentrate on things which are easily available.

In an experiment, people were divided into two groups. Group A was asked to copy the entries from a phonebook onto a page.

Group B wasn’t given any task. After this boring task, members of both the groups were asked to give ideas as to what can be done with cups. In any situation, The people of Group A performed much better and gave more ideas than Group B.!

Boredom researcher Dr Sandi Mann says, “Once you start daydreaming and allow your mind to really wander, you start thinking a little bit beyond the conscious, little bit into the subconscious which allows, sort of, different connections to take place.”

Basically, doing mundane tasks makes our mind wander and switch into its ‘Default Mode Network’.

Default Mode:

t is the state of our mind when we think about things without actually being intentional of the subject on which we are pondering. While in this default mode, our brain basically performs these tasks:

1.Autobiographical Thinking

Starting a Side Business:

While our mind is in this default mode, we usually get the time to think about what we are doing,how we are doing, how can we improve our efficiency, and even of our goals and the ways to achieve them. This is important as we start thinking of how long life is and we understand how doing things with micro results in focus is not worth it and the effect of others opinions on our results fade away.

2. Altruistic and Prosocial efforts:

It is doing things for the society while being selfless. In a way, even hurting yourself to be good towards the society becomes an option. Blood donation is a prime example. Most people who donate blood are away from the Smartphones. And since they don’t have anything better to do, the idea of donating blood takes over. Charity also works the same way.

3. Fresh Ideas:

Adrian Savage, an editor at the online life coach site, www.lifehack.org. states, "Boredom is nearly always essential to creativity. It isn't true that creativity is mostly sparked by having a specific problem to be solved. It's far more likely to arise because the person is bored with the way something has been done a thousand times before and wants to try something new. Boredom stimulates the search for better ways to do things like nothing else does." That Million dollar idea which you haven’t received from the Divine source yet is waiting for you to get bored. Try it for a Million dollars, people.


Get Bored To Make Decisions:

When we are bored, we tend to wander in our thoughts, towards the things our mind thinks are important. If you have had a bad fight with your girlfriend and it is in the back of the mind then when you are bored, like while going to bed, your brain starts to focus on what to do in this relationship. Whether you want to be with your significant other or not (bonus tip: pick this one). How you can improve your emotional spillage? And it even helps us to make decisions relating to our job, career, kids, food, movies etc. It makes us think intensely on important things. When we get bored, we do the real thinking. We doubt our decisions and it is very important as most of our decisions are bad. Really Bad.

Conclusion:

Now that we have already bought ourselves time by using YourHour application, why not use it judiciously to get bored?

Smartphones have decreased our creativity as we are spending more time scrolling through feed than we spend getting bored and, maybe, we need to look back and relax a bit and start watching the clock tick for an hour. And if someone asks you, “What are you doing?’, you can say, “I am getting bored.”, and share this article with them.

When was the last time you were bored? Comment down below.

When was the last time you were bored? Comment down below.

Till the next blog. Enjoy your Time.

Cheers!

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