The pull of the Smartphone

Smartphones and humans have become so close that one cannot live without the other. Our love towards it is so immense that it almost drives us crazy when we are not able check its notification as soon as it pops up. The daily routine of a human starts like this, Open the eyes, Move the hands and search for their smartphone, Unlock, Start doing some random crap.

This affects your productivity to a very great extent. Not only does it affect your productivity it also affects your beautiful eyes. The blue light emitted by the screen is going to get your eyes from bad to worse, making it difficult for you to even read this post. Also, the day that was ought to be splendid becomes dull and a dark because of the text that you received in the morning (“Never call me again We are breaking up / You are fired / We’ve lost two clients because of your buggy code”) or a disturbing news that you saw. So be careful not to be pulled by the gravitational force of your smartphone #lol. Below are few points that can help you escape the pull of the smartphone.

Escaping the pull

  1. Every night, keep the phone out of the reach of your hand. That is, keep it in a place that you can reach only by walking out of your bed. (I’m damn sure that you will not take risks to get out of the bed just to check that dumb phone)
  2. Turn Off the notifications from unwanted apps, this prevents you from opening apps directly from the notification bar.
  3. Restrict the background data usage for the apps that disturb you more but are of least importance (Whatsapp, Facebook, etc).
  4. Keep the ringer on full volume and all the other notifications sound muted. If something is so important and urgent, people won’t Whatsapp you, they’ll call.
  5. Sleep when you are sleepy and not when the episode/season/film gets over.
  6. You look very beautiful, avoid taking numerous selfies and getting disappointed by your looks
  7. Stop posting stupid things on the internet, you’ll have to wait for the likes and comments, this makes you look at your phone every 5 seconds as if you are caught within a loop like this “while(1){check notification; wait(5000)}”.
  8. Keep your contact list small and elegant, you don’t have to save the contact details of the friend of your friend of your friend whom you barely know.
  9. While at work or in a task, turn your phone upside down so that the screen faces the ground, this enables you to concentrate more on the task rather than getting disturbed by the notification LED or the bright screen that winks at you, telling you to check it out.
  10. Don’t follow the recommendations shown on YouTube, it will lead you to some random garbage and at 3am you’ll be watching “How to feed a dinosaur? / Why are people walking with two legs?” 🦕

People and relationships are more important than funny memes and texts, do pay attention to people rather than spending time and dating your smartphone. If possible, try quitting Facebook and Whatsapp for 30 days. This would help you to know your inner strength when there are no disturbances. Live a life where your smartphone is just a gadget and not your master. I know following these steps are hard. I myself do check my mobile often, but I’m trying to avoid it. Hope we shall become the better version of ourselves sooner or later.

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Offshore Writings

Published by Samuel Lawrentz

I'm an author, poet at OffshoreWritings.com. I'm also a frontend developer and a musician. 😊

33 thoughts on “The pull of the Smartphone

  1. “Not only does it affect your productivity it also affects your beautiful eyes.”

    Worn out after a 3hour meeting, I fired up my Voice Assistant, reading through WordPress posts to keep myself engaged – and I hear my Talkback reader read this form me!

    Nice post, thank you! Can relate!

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      1. Talkback is a Accessibility tool, installed in every phone, to assist blind.

        I am blind in one eye, the other strains out just too fast. So, at times I have to use phone with screenreader on and screen off.

        I use Samsung’s Voice Assistant (not as attractive as Talkback, but easier to use) these days. Just head to Settings>Accessibility>Vision (Or Talkback itself will be there). Or in Apple, there will be a variant.

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      2. Oh okay, thanks for sharing the information. I only knew these options today.
        Yeah, looking at the screen for long hours can cause fatigue in our eyes. Hope this information helps other people as well.
        Have a great weekend..! 💯💪

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      3. True that. Also, it helps me master the technology, audit websites and apps on how disabled friendly they are etc!🙂 (You know how hard it is to stroll on a street with pathholes on a wheelchair – most of the apps/websites these days are like that for blind, very unfriendly!)

        You too, have a nice weekend!

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      4. Yeah, sad that most of them don’t give importance to accessibility. I’m myself a frontend developer and to be honest, we focus mostly on the visual part. We care less about what a screen reader can detect or read.
        Hope, in the future there are automations and technologies that better assist the disabled people..

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    1. Wow..! you don’t have a phone? That’s super cool and great…! Let us know how it is to live without a phone?

      I guess then you will have a lot of time to spend in a productive way.

      Also, thanks for stopping by and appreciating.

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      1. Haha… I have a spare one for now but, my phone has been dead since March.😢

        Living without the phone has taught me a lot of things. First is, you can really be alive without that device.😂 Though I don’t socialize much or like having a huge follower or contact list, I tend to keep scrolling the phone for no reason. That has stopped even when I had another phone to use.

        Post the incident, I had no option but to give more time to blogging coz I had nothing else to do. And I’m glad that I blogged more.

        There are a lot of things that went good. Though I want my phone back but, it doesn’t bother me much.

        I’d suggest you to read “The One I Loved” from my blog. That’ll give you more light on it.😊

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  2. Smartphones are outsmarting the owner. They can be very helpful and useless at the same time. You need to make smartphone your servant and not your controller. In today’s world, you are expected by everyone to respond instantly to the messages and alerts. It’s tough man! But I like your advice. Our younger generation need super control to prevent this smartphone addiction.

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