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Mobile Phone Addiction: Are you mentally strong enough to try and reduce your screen time?


Spending too much time on your phone is bad for your focus and mental health.As 2018 is coming to an end, why not start early in building better digital habits for your 2019 new year’s resolution.

  • Putting your phone in the next bedroom at bedtime is advised.
  • Setting alarms specifying how often you can check it. For example,

     you can set it every 25 minutes to check your phone, and then every 45 minutes and so on…

  • Tell close family and friends that you will not be responding to messages as quickly as you use to.
  • Turn off  push notifications. Just head to Settings > Notifications to control your preferences.
  • Take distracting apps off your home screen.


I spend way too much time on my phone, and you probably do too.

With the average person checking their phone every 15 minutes or less, mobile phone addiction seems to be a big issue.

There is a layer of anxiety surrounding the thought that we are missing out if we do not check our mobile phone. Besides increasing anxiousness, checking notifications and feeds interferes with people’s ability to focus.

And time wasting is not the only issue; several studies prove that checking social media can have mental health repercussions leaving users in a negative mood. Only time will tell researchers what the long term effects of using mobile phone has on people.

There is a thought of dependency on the phone more so than the people you live with and this is now becoming a huge problem on the globe.




Gulamhusain Dabhad is part of a team of tutors in Bradford.