Cell phone addiction – its effects and remedies

Mobile phones and the Internet have become an indispensable part of our lives. Both have made our lives easier. Before I proceed, let me ask you a few questions: Do you check your phone frequently? Do you check your phone while meeting your family & friends? Are you keeping your phone beside your pillow while sleeping? Do you pick up your phone without any reason? If the answer to these questions is yes, then, you are a victim of cell phone addiction. A majority of us are becoming a victim of cell phone addiction without even being aware of it which is very alarming.

For many people, checking their phones is the first and the last thing they do every day. Cell phone addiction leads to anxiety, tension and various physical problems. It also affects their productivity. When staying online on the Internet becomes an addiction then, one must attend digital detoxification camps to get rid of this addiction. When one attends these camps, they need to stay away from their digital devices. By doing, so they can have a ‘digital-break’ and can spend some time with themselves.

Digital detox camps help one to get rid of Nomophobia (No Mobile phone phobia) and FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Nomophobia is the fear of being without your mobile phone. People suffering from Nomophobia gets tensed when their phone’s battery becomes very low or when their phone goes out of network coverage. FOMO is a fear that a person may miss out on important events. Recently, tech giant, Google has launched urged people to forget FOMO and welcome JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out).

Studies have found that people who spent more time in their ‘digital life’ are found to be unhappy in their real life. If you suddenly feel that your phone is ringing when it is not ringing, then you might be suffering from Phantom ringing syndrome or Ringxiety.

How to get rid of cell phone addiction?

Before using any technology we must remember that we are their masters, not slaves. I am sharing a few simple tips to help you get rid of this addiction:

  • Don’t touch your mobile phone when not required.
  • Stop using your mobile phone for an hour before you go to sleep.
  • Keep your mobile phone away from you when you are sleeping.
  • Install apps that allows you to set usage restrictions.
  • Attend digital detox camps.

THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT: We should not forget to miss the precious moments of life in every small act that we perform every day.

Spend quality time with your near and dear ones and live life happily!

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    • ingeniousty on September 10, 2018 at 10:15
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    That’s a very good post about cell phone addiction and good remedies too..

    – commented from mobile 😛

    • Huma Masood on September 11, 2018 at 19:38
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    A very well written post. Useful tips – additionally, I like to follow a schedule to check my social media time because that is closely related to mobile usage.

  1. I have to admit that i am addicted to my cell phone, and it is beginning to trouble me. Need to go for a Digital Detox soonest. Thanks for sharing this helpful post.

  2. Informative post. Cell phone addiction is such a bane, especially for students.

    1. It depends… some people use them to download study notes, lecture videos etc. People shouldn’t get addicted.

  3. Good one this… I think almost every other person including me might be borderline addicts..

    • Holistic Health N Life on September 12, 2018 at 11:38
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    Cell phone radiation is going as global concern. Awareness is very much needed. Thanks for sharing

  4. Even I have replaced my phone with the books. I read before going to sleep. after 6.00 pm, not use of cellphones until 7.00 am next morning. superb article dear. detox is definitely required for any electronic device addiction.

    1. Thanks for your words. Your daily schedule is truly inspiring.

  5. Good read! I really need to work on my addiction of mobile phones! 🙁

    1. usage tracking can help you a lot.

    • Neha Gupta on September 12, 2018 at 13:41
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    Gadgets are here to make our life easy.We shouldn’t become slaves to cell phones. Agree with your post.Much needed.

    1. We shouldn’t forget that we are their masters.

  6. I too was a victim of this. But, now I have made a point not to use phones after 10pm. The terms mentioned here instill a strange sense of fear in me.

    1. Congratulations, Aparna! Glad you got rid of cellphone addiction.

  7. Wonderful post

    1. Thank You

    • Namratha Varadharajan on September 12, 2018 at 16:54
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    I definitely have a cell phone addiction. Don’t know if I need a detox camp just yet. But I believe detox camps or vacations will be a huge hit in the near future

    Namratha from #firstgreenstep #MyFriendAlexa

    1. I hope you get rid of it very soon.

  8. It’s true that most of us have become victims of these digital devices. I always try to avoid as much as possible. Hope we learn it soon before it takes a complete grip on us.

    1. That’s Great. People shouldn’t forget that we are their masters and shouldn’t become their slaves.

    • Puspanjalee Das Dutta on September 12, 2018 at 17:12
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    Guilty as charged! Just reading this post from my cellphone. But a well written piece.

    1. haha… hope you keep a track of your mobile phone usage.

    • Paresh Godhwani on September 12, 2018 at 18:35
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    Yes, I am a cell phone addict but the condition is not that severe to attend camps. I check my phone to kill boredom and to do work. All the situations or conditions you mentioned doesn’t apply on me. Then too will keep in mind your tips to keep myself away from cell phone.

    1. that’s great. Hope you maintain your regulated usage.

    • Manpreet on September 12, 2018 at 20:06
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    As a blogger, I think I’m also addicted to my laptop. These tips will help out with getting rid of laptop addiction too. hehe

    1. Hope they help you. Thanks for your kind words.

  9. Oh God! I feel guilty of this addiction and reading this post I may find myself suffering from one of these phobias. Need to take necessary actions.

    1. I’m sure you will overcome those phobias very easily.

    • JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG) on September 13, 2018 at 04:38
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    I am glad I learnt to take digital breaks due to Shailaja. She made me aware of many things about Social media and also in becoming a better individual. I do take occasional breaks and I have also turned off the notifications on my phone on her advice. I feel better. Good one

    1. That’s excellent. One should maintain a balance between their real and digital lives.

    • momtasticworld on September 13, 2018 at 14:12
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    Juts today, I downloaded an app to see the usage of my cellphone. I think the life we are living, we don’t even realize when we get addicted to this device.

    1. That’s the scariest part… we don’t even realise

  10. No doubt mobile phone addiction have many I’ll effects on our health. Thats very useful tips to get rid of it. #Myfriendalexa #dewreads

    1. Thanks for the kind words.

    • Ranjini on September 14, 2018 at 00:29
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    This is a very important thing we need to consider. I myself have been using my phone continuously for the past 3 hours. I am trying to reduce the phone usage. But it sometimes goes out of habd

    1. there are a lot of apps that will help you.

    • rashimital on September 15, 2018 at 12:43
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    This is a very important post. We all need to realise and understand the importance and misuse of gadgets in our lives, especially phones. I hope this post goes far. As for me, I’ll start with keeping my phone away for an hour before sleeping. #LiveItYoungReads #MyFriendAlexa

    1. That’s great. Do share your experience with us.

  11. phone addiction is definitely a latest disease but i suffer from it too… but i take break on weekends. love your tips

    1. Thank You

  12. Good post here. I am so happy I’m not really addicted to my phone. I can stay without the phone the entire day, as long as I am accessible to my family

    1. That’s great.

  13. This is like an eye-opener. My life after marriage is become more online and less offline 🙁
    Reason we both WFH and full day WiFi 🙁 Thank you for this post
    #MyFriendAlexa #vigorousreads

    1. Do take regular breaks.

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