Texting is a great way to quickly communicate. Unfortunately, the convenience of texting can lead to a texting habit. If you feel anxious when you are not checking your phone and need to constantly message your friends, you might be habit to texting. Despite all the advantages of technology, you’re smart phone shouldn’t be your only friend and conversation partner in this world. Phone habit is a kind of habit similar to alcoholism, drug habit, and gambling. Of course, it won’t injure your health like alcohol but its “toxicity” affects human consciousness and relations with the world. Some effective strategies will help you and your child to break free from phone habit.
Making it more difficult to find ways to text, having better social interactions, and building better phone habits can help you beat your habit to texting. Too much texting has become what some doctors are calling a habit.
Make rules for you concerning your phone usage.
- Set time periods in which you shouldn’t use your phone (i.e., 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.).
- Designate activities in which your phone is forbidden (e.g., driving, dinner time).
- Schedule break times to access your phone or social media.
Download an application to help cut down on cell phone use:
- IFocusMode allow you to track the amount of time you’re spending on your phone and which applications.
Creating Better Phone Habits: Staring at a screen right before you try to go to sleep is going to make it more difficult to fall asleep. An hour before you go to sleep, text anyone you are talking to that you are going to sleep. Put your phone away an hour before you go to sleep. If you normally use your phone as an alarm clock to wake you in the morning, it’s time to invest in an alarm clock instead.
Think of the best times of the day for you to not be on your phone texting (at work, at school, when you do your homework, etc.) and make it a “no phone time.” Turn your phone completely off and put it away somewhere where you can’t get to it for a few hours. Forcing yourself to do these daily will allow you to be more productive and help train your brain to not get anxious when you are not on your phone. You might want to hand your phone to a parent during these times and ask them to give the phone back at the end of “no phone time.”
Pretend like your cell phone is a home phone: Probably one of the major reasons you are habited to texting is because you can take your phone with you anywhere. Try pretending like your cell phone is a landline phone. Place it in one spot in your house and always leave it there and only use it there, instead of taking it with you everywhere you go. Tell your friends, family, and boyfriend or girlfriend to only text you if it is important. Ask them to only text you if something important comes up or they want to make plans to see you. Tell your friends not to text you just to talk too much while you are trying to fix your texting habit.
Just because you are trying to text less does not mean you have to miss out on socializing with your friends. Instead of texting your friends to make plans or to catch up, call them. If these changes in habit don’t allow you to cut down on your cell phone use, then you could be suffering from a severe smart phone habit and treatment is recommended. Best way to download app and make a challenge to get your phone down.
Have face to face interactions force yourself to set your phone aside and focus on the world and people around you. Instead of texting through dinner, put your phone down and ask your parents about their day. Talk to your friends and family in person more often. Recruit your parents to help you with your texting habit. Explain to them that you are trying to text less and that you want them to monitor your usage. It might seem embarrassing or childish to ask your parents for help, but if they help you set ground rules and stick to them it will help you text less.
Change your phone plan to allow fewer texts and fewer data per month. This is a good way to force you to text less. If you are having a hard time stopping a texting habit or are having a lot of anxiety about it, talk to a counselor or your doctor for help.