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Tips to beat smartphone addiction

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After surveying about 200 college students on their use of smartphones, a professor at Binghamton University found twice as many women addicted to smartphones, compared to men.

Are women more addicted to smartphones than men?

Addicted to your smartphone? www.helpguide.org has some self-help tips for fighting that addiction.

Schedule specific times to use your smartphone. It could be useful for certain times of day or a reward for completing a task.

Turn your smartphone off at certain times of the day. Whether you’re driving or in a meeting, at the gym or having dinner, take advantage of times when you can turn the phone off.

Keep the smartphone away from bed. The blue light from screens can disrupt sleep if used within two hours of going to bed. Turn off your smartphone before you got to bed and leave it in another room overnight to charge. And instead of a reading an eBook before bed, pick up an actual book.

Replace the smartphone with healthier activities. Use the time to meditate, read a book or have an in-person conversation.

Remove social media applications and only check them from a computer. What people put on social media is rarely an accurate reflection of their lives, and spending less time comparing yourself to someone’s highlight reel can boost your mood and sense of self-worth.

For more tips and ideas on how to curb smartphone addiction, visit www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/smartphone-addiction.htm.

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