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You check your Inbox every time you wake up. You take a photo of everything you encounter and upload them to Instagram. You feel helpless when your phone’s out of reach. You feel the urge to reply immediately after receiving a text message. You don’t pay attention to your loved one because you’re too busy tweeting. Well I have news for you. You’re a smartphone addict.

 

According to statistics, there are 7 out 10 people saying that their lives were made better by this device. However, users sometimes abuse technology and cross the border between beneficial and addiction. Indeed, these devices seem to consume all the humanity out of us. According to Mobile Life 2013, a joint research venture of O2 and Samsung, people tend to spend more time with their gadget rather than their loved ones. Moreover, a study done two years ago confirmed that young adults suffer from severe anxiety when they detach themselves from technology.

 

Even though the situation is alarming, it’s never too late to do something about it. Here are some small but helpful tips to help you find the balance between quality time with loved one and mobile usage.

 

Confess

 

First, you have to admit to yourself that you are a smartphone addict. Of course, there’s nothing to cure unless you blurt out there’s an issue of misuse. It’s never a shame to admit something to people, especially if these people are the ones who will help you overcome it. Besides, if you tell them, you may find someone who goes through the same dilemma. When you recognize your addiction, the state of acceptance comes in.

 

Seek medical help

 

The idea to get rid of something you find pleasure in doing is hard. What you need to do is talk to a registered psychiatrist or any medical expert who can address your situation. State the apprehensions of your addiction. That expert can give you cognitive behavioral exercises and behavioral interventions. These exercises can reduce your hankering, anxiety attacks, sense of worthlessness, and depression. When you are able in doing this successfully, it will open doors to a deeper acceptance, the key to being psychologically healthy.

 

Be proactive

 

Motivation is the key. You need to get inspired and abide to the habit of not letting your phone take the best of you and your personal life. Maybe you could make a time management table to keep track of the number of hours of usage against the time spent with your family. You can slash off a few hours from the regular hours you spend using this object. Given time, you’ll be able to absorb the routine and go on without the aid of a time table.

 

Always be in the proper mindset

 

Being in the proper mindset is essential. When they are out, people don’t realize that they are disrespecting the people they are with because they are so engrossed in their gadget. If you can’t control the urge to check your phone, put it in silent mode so you won’t be easily distracted. Or, why don’t you focus your attention to your family and friends? Besides, mobile phones may come and go but your family and friends will forever stay.

Though it may not sound like it, but getting addicted to smartphones is just as hazardous as getting involved in a substance addiction. Keep in mind that these items are invented to serve its inventors and not to out-smart them.