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Mobile Phone Addiction

Find out how your phone might be running your life, and learn some tips for taking back control

 mobile phones have become part of our life

But do you use yours too much? Do you need to come out and say:

‘I suffer from mobile phone addiction’?

Having the world at our finger tips can be pretty amazing. We can find out the weather half way across the world or connect to someone in Australia at the touch of a button. But using your phone can be addictive. In this guide we’ll go through the dangers of mobile phone addiction. We’ll also look at ways to help you stop being a slave to your phone.

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5 Reasons to put your Phone Away

Why is mobile phone addiction so harmful? Take a look at our top 5 reasons to put your phone away.

  • Lowers Concentration - Even the presence of a mobile phone can lower your concentration

  • FoMO – Overusing your phone can contribute to your Fear of Missing Out.

  • Reduces Memory – Messages and notification affect your ability to remember goals and targets whilst you work.

  • Stress and Anxiety – Constant over-use of mobile phones leads to increased anxiety, feelings of loneliness, and low self esteem.

  • Makes your Sleep Worse - Using your phone every day will lead to poor sleep quality and duration.
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    5 Ways to take control

    It's totally in your power to manage your addiction . Check out this handy info-graphic for our full rundown of what you can do to take back control. Take a look below to see our top 5:

    • Set Yourself a Time Limit - Setting yourself limits can help curb your addiction, if you're finding you don't have the willpower then try these apps that help to limit screen time

    • Limit Notifications in Settings - You can take full control of what your phone notifies you about and when it does it.

    • Think of it as a Reward – By making time on your phone a reward for revision or other work, you can change the fundamental basis of your relationship with your phone.

    • Don't Have it Out when you Revise – There is no such thing as multi-tasking, so when you have your phone out while you revise you are diverting your concentration away from your work.

    • Turn Down Your Backlight Before Bed – Your backlight tricks your brain into thinking its day, making you less tired and more attached to your phone. Check out this blog for more information on your phone and sleep.

    Mobile phone addiction is a real thing. If you feel withdrawal symptoms when away from your handset then it might be time to start taking control.

    We've compiled all of our resources that can best help you tackle mobile phone addiction to help you to get a grip on your mobile phone usage.

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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    How does mobile phone addiction affect my ability to learn?

    By developing a mobile phone addiction you are ingraining something that will primarily distract you from you work into your daily routine. Research suggests that we check our phones on average, 85 times a day. What's more is when teenagers become addicted they become irritable and anxious when not with their handsets, meaning they can never win until they deal with their phone addiction head on. For more about the teenage brain read this article.

    Does this mean I should get rid of my phone?

    No one is saying you need to grab your expensive tech and hurl it in the sea, rather that it would be a good idea for you to be in control of your phone, instead of your phone being charge of you. There are a number of things you can do to fight back against your phone and take back control of your time. For some help, check out our article about not being a slave to your phone.

    Something you definitely shouldn't do is watch TV. Watching TV before going to sleep not only delays what time you go to bed, but it also effects the quality of your sleep, so try switching to a book. Also, if you like drinking tea at night switch to something without caffeine like peppermint or camomile tea and stay off your phone!

    Can what I think about at night affect my performance the next day?

    If you've got something important happening the next day, then what you think about as you lie in bed could have an impact on your performance and also affect how well you sleep. If you've ever found yourself tossing and turning because of nerves then changing your thoughts to recall past positive experiences can help ease those nerves. Similarly, recalling all the good prep work you've done, thinking about your own performance and not comparing yourself to others can help prevent cluttering your head with negative thoughts. For more advice about what to think about at night, check out this blog.

    Is it OK to use my phone before bed ?

    Using your phone at night impacts the quality and length of your sleep, and sleep plays a big part in cognitive function. If you do read on your phone at night then it's a good idea to turn your brightness down, as the back-light on your phone confuses your brain into thinking that it's day time. For more information about you and your phone at night check out this blog.

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