Smartphone Habits You Sh’ld Stop Now
Smartphones and smart devices like tablets have really come to help. They make it easy for us to communicate with our friends as well as help us get information on the go. However, sticking to the following habits with regards to your smartphone can really do more harm than good.
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#1: Becoming anti-social (socializing only on your smartphone)
How many times have you lost track of a beautiful conversation with friends and family in a party of social event all because you were busy checking your email or updating your Facebook status? In the midst of several social media platforms as well as services like SMS, it is very easy to miss out on the physical and emotional aspect of life – good interpersonal relationship; if you continue to stick to your smartphone.
#2: Looking too close into smartphone screens
Believe it or not, your smartphone can kill you! Did you ask how? For a lot of reasons. First, those radiant light from your smartphone screen going directly into your eye when texting those “private” messages can give you poor eye-sight and even total blindness. Again, radiations from your smartphone coupled with the physical contact of your face with the smartphone can give you a lot of health problems in future including skin rashes. You are therefore advised to keep your smartphone a short distance away as possible to reduce the risk of getting health issues in the long term. And, not forgetting the fact that you can trip and fall into a ditch as well, in the short term which will not only gain you some physical pains but some ridicule as well.
#3: Wasting hard-earned money on scratch cards and data bundles
Do you remember that period where you “borrowed” some call credit to buy an internet bundle just to check your WhatsApp messages all because you spent your last cents on mobile phone units? Can you imagine the amount of money you could save just by not having a smartphone? For some reason, I have grown up to understand that smartphones are not just smart in their processing of data but also at draining every penny you may have on you as well. As a matter of fact, smartphones become very “dumb” and useless when you are not having enough phone balance to either make calls or go online. So, for the next few days to come, please consider the amount of money you spend in a month on your smartphone and you would be shocked at how richer you could be without it.
#4: Trusting your smartphone to be “safe” enough
If you own a smartphone today, chances are that you trust it to be safe. No wonder you have apps to hide your “private” photos and messages, encrypt certain features and apps with passwords and patterns, and send sensitive stuff via WhatsApp. Like seriously? Did you know that any information you access via a public Wi-Fi becomes public information? What about the fact that not updating an app on your phone could make you vulnerable to bugs that when not fixed may allow hackers to steal your information? With the rising of many privacy issues with social media, you may be safer enough if you didn’t trust your smartphone too much to be safe.
#5: Using your smartphone when you are drunk or stressed
Your smartphone should be the last thing on your mind whenever you are drunk or stressed. This is because, you are likely to make bad choices, say bad things and act crazy when you are drunk. Most of these things you will do may be very regrettable. But, in a world where anything could go viral, don’t be surprised when that crazy dance you gave at a party when you were drunk gets into the hands of your boss or parents just when you least expect it.
#6: Not putting your smartphone on silent or vibration
You may have the greatest or nicest ringtone ever, but, if you really want to be embarrassed in a meeting for the rest of the meeting, keep your sound on. Personally, I hate it when I am being distracted in a meeting or religious gathering especially as a result of a mobile phone ring.
#7: Reading every text and answering every call
The fact that it is your smartphone does not mean you should receive every call that comes through or read every text on your phone. Not every call or text is meant for you. In fact, some calls or texts are better left unattended to partly because they are likely to change your mood and partly because they are likely to waste your precious time. This also applies to social media as well. Sometimes, some desperate and depressed individuals may use you as a tool to release their tension by sending unsolicited “Hi’s” to almost all their friends in quest for a victim.
#8: Whining too much on your smartphone
It is quite surprising how some people can whine all-day, all-night, about a problem or issue they have personally, almost forgetting that each one of us also has some battle to fight as well. As a matter of fact, it is annoying when all that some people do is to get online almost every second to tweet, or change their Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram status whenever they have a personal issue.
#9: Procrastinating all in the name of smartphone
A lot of our youth always have something to do once they have their smartphones handy. Some people spend almost 18 hours on their phone chatting and making calls and still complain of joblessness. The smartphone always has something to keep you using it for as long as you are ready to be busy for nothing. It is therefore our duty to prioritize and plan if we need to make good use of our time.
#10: Using your smartphone for almost everything
A friend told me he will only buy a smartphone only if he can download food on it. Well, that is quite interesting. But, I get worried when young and active people use their smartphones for doing everything including checking today’s date and making simple calculation like 1+1. Smartphone, which is a great technological breakthrough, I believe, was meant to make our lives easier but not to out-smart us and make us almost less smart.
I strongly believe that smartphones are good as they can help you do almost everything from planning your daily activities to executing each activity. However, we are also likely to fall prey and get addicted to certain behaviors and habits that will save you your dear life if you could take time to reduce those habits.