James Hamblin, editor of US magazine The Atlantic, has discovered a reliable Mind Hack against smartphone addiction, our constant urge to check our phones. It works with a simple trick: “Just turn everything grey filter. No more colours.”
Without bright red new message alerts and with filtered Instagram pics and the latest Snapchat stories now in black and white, suddenly things become a little boring. Hamblin swears by it: without colour we pretty quickly lose interest in our mobiles.
So is it worth doing? We say yes. 72% of smartphone users check their phone at least once per hour – that’s a lot of time that could put to better use. For example, with real-life encounters. Here we show you five situations when it’s better that the phone stays in your pocket:
Leave your phone at home when you hit a gig and you’ll never fear a broken screen from the mosh pit. Better yet, go old school by flying a lighter in the air instead of a torch. Besides, photos sprayed with stage lights never look like the real thing anyway. And how about ditching the video to enjoy the music, man?
A mental image can leave a memory so much more impressive than even the sharpest mobile photo. Those people who only see new places on a display screen quickly lose sight of what’s really important; enjoying the moment.
Get directions, listen to music, count steps and, afterwards, make the last kilometres on Facebook - jogging with the smartphone has many advantages. How about freeing your mind and body? We say: Nothing is as good as just running.
We see it all the time in the pub; people constantly checking messages, never interacting with their mates. Have we forgotten that this is just downright rude? Google also has the unpleasant ability to stifle any lively debate on England’s best ever World Cup eleven with hard facts.
In a study of mobile operator 1 & 1 and the polling institute YouGov, one in five respondents said that their phone had fallen into the toilet. Enough said?