Addicted to Your Phone? Here’s How To Take a Digital Detox

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| LAST UPDATE 02/13/2023

By Dina Wu
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Are you unable to pull yourself away from your phone? Studies suggest that excessive cell phone use can have negative impacts on mental health, relationships, and overall well-being. Here's how you can tell when it's time for a digital detox, according to scientists.

Do you find yourself uncontrollably reaching for your phone? Are you addicted to connection, vanity, or overthinking, perhaps? According to Jungian psychologist and addiction expert Carder Stout, PhD., in his new book, We Are All Addicts, we all struggle with dependencies that can disconnect us from our inner selves. If these addictions are taking control of your life, there is help available! Through small steps followed by larger ones toward digital sobriety, it may be possible to overcome this issue. If being too attached to your phone is causing harm in your life, then consider using devices like the Light Phone, which allows basic functions without social media distraction or internet browsing capability for greater mental clarity.

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Technology has become an integral part of many people's lives, yet its presence negatively impacts their mental health. According to Stout, our souls urge us towards an enhanced existence, not a diminished one. Your digital life can, unfortunately, inhibit the instinctive desire to connect with each other in person and often have far-reaching implications on our relations - even those that mean the most to us. This is why it's important to remember that we possess something invaluable inside ourselves: the soul! It has tremendous potential for self-healing by suggesting wholesome paths over harmful ones; while remaining unrelenting, undamaged, and ever-evolving as well. Above all else, though, its main objective involves encouraging meaningful interactions between people based on real-life experiences instead of virtual connections alone.

Making simple changes to your daily habits can have a profound impact on the quality of connection in relationships. Turn off notifications, or switch your phone to silent mode and devote all of your attention when spending time with others; this will allow you to stay fully engaged while avoiding interruption from annoying little beeps that call for new updates and messages. Put away distractions like smartphones during times meant for meaningful conversations - both parties are sure to benefit!

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