You can promise yourself that you’re not going to check your phone next time it lights up. But smartphone addiction is a real thing, and we’re all on the spectrum. And them colors though…
Which is why some genius at Apple introduced Grayscale last year, a life pro tip that when used will slowly ween you off the desire to check the colorful ringy thing every few minutes. And it’s pretty self-explanatory, once the screen goes 50 shades of grey, it’s easier to turn away. No bright message, Snapchat or Instagram alerts. They show up in, you guessed it, grey. And they stay grey.
Turns out, some 72 per cent of smartphone users check their phone at least once per hour. And after scrolling through every social app, news app, Bumble, Zillow and that hotmail account from high school, it adds up to a lot of time that could be better spent - like, with real-life enounters maybe.
As such, here are 5 everday experiences made better by leaving the phone 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.
Geting directions, listening to music, counting steps and marking your miles on Facebook are but few of the advantages of jogging with a phone. But going without will free your mind and have you far more relaxed and energized at run’s end.
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 America’s best ever NBA Dream Team 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?