According to a new study, overusing a smartphone can be similar to substance abuse. Near-constant alerts and the sensory bombardment of social media or other sites can form pathways in the brain that are similar to those formed by opioid addiction. What’s more, overusing a phone can crowd out the mental downtime your brain needs to recover and function well. To reclaim your brain, turn off all alerts that are not absolutely essential, and treat your phone not like an entertainment portal or a surrogate friend, but like a useful tool. You don’t keep a hammer nearby all the time, right? Create some separation between you and your phone by putting it out of sight when you aren’t using it. Fill the time you’ve spent sending and scrolling with things that nourish your brain: a good novel, meditation, gardening and listening to nature, or laughing with a good friend.
Source: Digital Addiction: Increased Loneliness, Anxiety, and Depression
“Put down your phone! You will be surprised how enriching it can be.” Steve Maraboli