Are you worried about spending too much time on your cell phone screen, but you can't help it?
You are not alone Smart phones have become many an important tool, not only for being connected, but for such basic or routine actions as calculating our share to be paid from the restaurant account, remembering what we have planned for the week or seeing the time .
But they have also become the entities that We go when we have nothing to do, even in the small moments that we spent in the grocery store or waiting for the bus to arrive.
For example, in the United Kingdom Check your cell phone every 12 minutes on average, according to a study conducted by Ofcom in August 2018, the state authority regulating the media in that country.
In the United States, most teens recognize too much time on their cell phones: 54%, according to a Pew Research Center study released the same month as Ofcom.
But even if it sounds contradictory if you want to reduce the time you spend on your mobile phone, you can use your own phone.
The telephony industry itself has developed alternatives (and even products) aimed at those who want to free themselves from the mobile phone.
Then we present you some.
Remove the color from the screen
Color affects the way we perceive things and the lighter and more colorful mobile phone screen, more will call our attention.
Therefore, Time Well Spent, a non-profit organization seeking to combat the "digital attention crisis" it believes we are suffering today recommends that Let's use the screen in a grayscale so it is less attractive to us.
To achieve this, if you have an Android phone, enter "Settings" and select "About Phone". Here, press "Collection Number" repeatedly until the message "It is not necessary you are already a developer" appears.
When this happens, go back to "Settings" and you will see that you now get the "Developer Selection" option. Search "Simulate Color Space" and select "Color Blindness".
If you have an iPhone, go to the settings and select "General" and then "Accessibility". Click "Quick function" and select "Color filters". From now on, you can change the screen in gray scale and vice versa simply by pressing the start button on the phone three times.
Eliminate blue light
If at night you find it hard to put the phone aside and get to bed, the sinner has a name: blue light.
The screens of mobile phones, computers and televisions emit a Intense short wave light that is very stimulating. It can be a great help to get up in the morning as it helps fight fatigue. But it turns out to be the worst companion when it comes time to go to bed because it takes our sleep away.
But there are ways to reduce it.
Apple products, for example, have Night shift settingwhich changes the color of the screen to the warmer end of the spectrum. You can program it to be activated alone every day at a specific time or between sunset and sunrise.
Some versions of Android have a similar tool, but if your not one of them, you can download a program like F.lux or Blue light filter by Leap Fitness Group.
Be aware of chow much you use the mobile phone
An important step in changing habits is to know ourselves: How much time per day do we use in front of the mobile phone screen? What do we do in that time: something useful or delaying?
To help you the developers of the two most used operating systems, Google's Android and Apple's iOS, newly integrated tools to inform you time you spend in different apps and how often do you use the mobile phone. They also allow you to impose fees, e.g. That your cell phone doesn't allow you to use YouTube more than an hour a day.
Monitor time, from Apple, is already available, but most Android users still have to wait Digital Wellbeing Be compatible with your system versions.
Although you can resort to alternative applications that even provide more options, for example (OFFTIME) -Detox Digital +which allows you to create multiple profiles with different functions (block messages, automatically reply to messages that reach us, etc.) and set alarms to notify us when using the mobile phone too much.
space is another similar application that also allows you to set goals to meet and share with a group of friends or family.
Avoid the temptation of social networks
Social networks like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram are the main destinations where we end up when we have nothing to do and turn to the phone.
If you do not want to go as far as removing them from your mobile phone, you can take other measures.
One of them Turn off notifications for each of these apps or configure them to receive them only if they come from humans, like messages or comments, but not by groups, business pages, etc.
Time well spent recommend it Remove all icons from your home screen and just leave the tools like the card application, notes, calendar or calculator.
It also recommends that you turn to Use the search box when you want to use a program. instead of using direct access. "Writing requires sufficient effort to pause and ask yourself:" Do I really want to do this? ", He explains on his website.
A phone to stop using the phone?
Some manufacturers have developed what they call accompanying units. These are smaller mobile phones with fewer opportunities to make them less attractive to use.
This does not mean that they want you to give up your smartphone. Your intention is that you buy another mobile phone that you can use when you want to interrupt, but not at all.
One of them Little Palm, a phone of only 3.3 inches designed to redirect your calls and messages to him when you don't want to use your headset.
Another much more minimalist is Light Phone, developed through a crowdfunding campaign. It has the size of a credit card and allows only calls and up to nine numbers in memory.
Their devices are out of stock, but the manufacturers have already started a new collection for another version that also allows sending and receiving SMS messages.
the Nokia 3310The updating of the Finnish company's classic phone is also considered a secondary phone, it has much less benefits than the average smartphone.