5 Good Reasons To Switch Off Your SmartphonePosted: 22nd of January 2015 by
There is no denying it, the smartphone has revolutionised the world of global communications and information. It is an amazing part of everyday life, and something that many of us take for granted. Being connected, not just to each other but also to the World Wide Web, whenever we need to, pretty much wherever we are, offers us a lifestyle that was simply unimaginable a few years ago. However, for all of the great things this has brought us, such technology can have drawbacks – especially if you are the sort of person who always seems to have their phone in their hand.
Are you the type of person who checks their phone first thing in the morning or last thing at night (usually in bed), or feels an urge to check their messages or social media several times an hour, then you may be surprised to hear how turning your smartphone off for a few minutes each day can actually improve your life!
Just 30 minutes without your smartphone switched on can make a real difference to your day, so here are our five good reasons to turn your smartphone off (at least for a while):
1. Your brain will be more productive
Despite what you might think, your brain cannot multi-task. Checking your social media, while doing something else just means that your brain has to rapidly switch between the different tasks. This actually lowers your productivity, as compared to doing just one thing at a time. In short - put your phone down and get on with your job, you’ll get it done quicker that way.
2. You’ll pay more attention
Whether you are in a meeting at work or a college class, your smartphone won’t help you get ahead. Perhaps the meeting seems boring and you decide to quickly check your emails or social media feed, only to tune back in and hear everyone discussing something you needed to pay attention to. Or perhaps your tutor wakes you from you social media reading with a question that you didn’t quite hear…
3. You’ll notice more opportunities
There has been quite a lot of attention to how insular people are becoming as they sit, heads down in groups checking their mobile phones. Sometimes it is worth putting your head up and taking a look around. Interacting with others in a good, old-fashioned face-to-face manner can make a real difference. It’s how acquaintances, contacts, and friends can be made.
4. Your problem-solving will improve
Have you ever found yourself suddenly coming upi with great ideas when you are most relaxed? Perhaps you are taking a walk or relaxing in the bath when - eureka – the solution to something that has been bothering you just pops into your head. By removing your mind from the situation, you have allowed your subconscious get to work. Of course, constant interruptions can make it hard to think, especially if you are working on a project or something creative. Turn off your phone and let yourself relax and think – it might just offer you the inspiration you need.
5. You will sleep better
If you keep your phone switched on beside you when you go to bed, you probably aren’t getting very good sleep at night. Set to vibrate, it could wake you several times a night, which will ruin your natural sleep pattern and make you less effective the next day. Also, it has been shown that the blue lights emitted by many phones can make it hard to get to sleep at all. Maybe use an old-fashioned alarm clock to wake you up, rather than your smartphone – that way you can give yourself, and your smartphone, a proper rest.
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