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    Default Smart phone addiction. Help!

    This is a genuine cry for help. I know it may sound silly to some and for others it may be as easy as putting the phone down and walking away. But it's not for me.

    I gave up smoking, cold turkey, 12 years ago and haven't looked back yet here I am, addicted to a bloody phone!

    I'm just wondering if anyone else is it has been and how did you fight it? I don't want to give up my phone all together because it's my link to the outside world but I just want to spend less time on it.

    I've deleted the FB app and have got rid of Pinterest and Twitter. I still have the BH app and Instagram though and find myself constantly checking both. Other than banking apps etc, I've only got four games: Yahtzee, Scrabble, Solitaire and another word game.

    I just can't seem to put the phone down and walk away.

    I really don't want to get rid of BH or Instagram but I guess I'll have to?? I'm currently in love with Yahtzee so play that a lot as well.

    I have an iPad but mainly use it for iBooks.

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    Im the same lately. With DF away i have nothing else to do!

    No advice, but im feeling your pain 😣

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    I don't know what the answer is. I want to spend less time on my phone/internet too but when I'm bored it's my instant go to. I deleted the fb app a couple of weeks ago but I'm finding I just check it via the internet or my laptop instead. Sigh! I purposely never joined twitter/Instagram etc and I'm glad I haven't now. It's so hard to break a habit though, I think I need more hobbies tbh!!

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    I use it too much as well and I've been cutting back lately. There are apps you can get that limit the time you can spend in nominated apps, I installed one last week but uninstalled it again as it was a bit buggy. I'm sure if you looked around you could find something designed to help you. I've uninstalled all my games and apps, I BH when I can sit at the PC, I FB through the browser and if I have time I install a game and carry on playing, but then uninstall it again when I've had enough.

    Bloody thing is totally addictive though!

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    Get stuck into a good book.. Helps to pick something else up when you're bored. Just replacing one thing with another though really!

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    What did you do to fill your time before you had a phone?

    It is tricky and I am positive there are many in the same predicament, hopefully someone will have some good advice for you

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    I think we all need to connect with each other more. I think a lot of people are just lonely and need to connect somehow.

    Check out meetup . Great site.

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    I completely agree with @sunnyflower it's a connection thing! I was so lonely when I first had the kids, I knew no one in the area and the phone/net was a lifeline. Meetup is a great idea, or an evening thing at a local neighbourhood house. It doesn't have to be this massive cold turkey thing, just one step is a start. Even just one half hour a day when you ban yourself from picking up the phone.

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    Can you disable the internet in your phone? If you can't connect and have to go through alot of steps to get online it might be a good reminder of what you are trying to achieve.??
    Otherwise try scheduled times for checking your phone.
    Leave it in a draw or buried in your bag and only check it on the hour etc. If there is no calls or important messages- walk away.

    It may just be as simple as breaking your habits and not having your phone next to you 24/7

    I started charging my phone on silent in the living room overnight. I couldn't get to sleep since little thoughts would pop into my head and I'd just quickly google or write that email - I couldn't switch off. But since I have to get out of bed to do it now- I don't bother. Also means I don't touch it till after I'm ready in the morning instead of reaching for it 1st think on the morning.


 

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