The average American checks her phone 262 times a day. reviews.org
Two-hundred-sixty-two times a day!! Yikes! Tapping into all those news alerts, social posts, and texts comes at a big price. According to Johann Hari, author of Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention—and How to Think Deeply Again, cites research that it can take about 23 minutes to get back to the same level of attention we started with.
The result? “We’re constantly living with profoundly degraded brainpower,” Hari writes. Suggestions on how to solve nomophobia (can’t be without my phone), a psychological condition that’s up for inclusion in the American Psychiatric Association’s handbook, include:
—Set a timer that signals it’s time to move away from your phone
—Install an app to block you from the internet for periods of time
—Lay your silenced phone upside down so you won’t be distracted by alerts on the screen
Lastly, connect to loved ones with your eyes! You’ll see clearly what matters most.
Affirmation: I will be conscious of my phone time.
Coaching questions: Is time on your phone affecting your work or relationships? If you think you need to cut down on phone time, how will you accomplish this? When will you start?