What triggers smartphone addiction?
Researchers found out that there are four main triggers behind this unique addiction. Alexis Hiniker, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington’s Information School explained the general mindset behind smartphones, to begin with.
He said, ‘For a couple of years, I’ve been looking at people’s experiences with smartphones and listening to them talk about their frustration with the way they engage with their phones. But on the flip side, when we ask people what they find meaningful about their phone use, nobody says, Oh, nothing.’
Each of these triggers forces you to use your smartphone. These are-
Free or leisure moments (waiting for cab/friend/metro)
During a tedious or repetitive task
Socially awkward situations
Awaiting specific messages or notifications
You must have at least related to one or the other situations where your hands, mindlessly take out your smartphone and you start scrolling through the numerous tabs of your phone.
The research for smartphone addiction
An in-depth study was conducted to understand why people can’t resist but use their smartphones after every now and then. This was done by interviewing the subjects who took part in the research. They were also asked about their views on how can they stop smartphone addiction if required.
The question asked was, ‘The solution is not to get rid of this technology; it provides enormous value. So the question is: How do we support that value without bringing along all the baggage?’
After the research was conducted, they found that there were common triggers among various groups. Also, the answers most of them gave on how to stop the addiction also matched to a great extent.
‘This doesn’t mean that teens use their phones the same way adults do. But I think this compulsive itch to turn back to your phone plays out the same way across all these groups,’ the researcher said.
Get rid of smartphone addiction
It might seem a herculean task first, but with the time you can easily overcome the urge to check your phone. All you need to do is follow some easy and basic steps to engage yourself and not get to have free time where you have nothing to do.
You can start by these 4 steps-
Meeting up a friend
Driving around with a friend/family
Keeping a book handy
Noting the time you have spent on phone scrolling the same old feeds.
Following these simple steps will somehow keep this in your mind that you need to stay away from phones. Once the thought takes home in your subconscious, each time you pick up your phone because you have nothing else to do, a trigger to keep away the smartphone will come too. This will help you get rid of smartphone addiction slowly.