This is a follow-up on my previous article about the love-hate relationship you have with your smartphone and the internet attention-deficit-disorder your smartphone causes.
If you're satisfied with the amount of time you spend on your phone, then click here to go back where you came from: Your endless timeline of distraction.
As Mark Manson is stating in his recent article, our attention will be sold in the future. We are living in a society that is driven by attention a lot. Think about it. We get distracted all the time, and most of the time, it's because companies make money out of it. Aren't you clicking on Facebook when a notification tells you something happened exactly 5 years ago? Oh hey, your friend sent you a Snapchat. Let's see! We tend to automatically think we benefit from these types of notifications, but in fact, it's distracting us.
We live in a society in which distractions drive a lot of our actions, and we don't learn in school how to go about this consciously because it's so new. Some people are bigger notification-zombies than others. Some people can't help themselves and benevolently take action on any notification that hits them. This, in the end, takes up a big part of our days.
As I stated in my previous article, the internet goes anywhere, anytime. You don't. A hundred years ago, all distractions were here and now. There was no digital communication. But with smartphones, distractions are everywhere and anytime! Because of the internet, your distractions can now be in the future, past, or far away. This gives a whole lot more options to be distracted about.
We're losing control
The moment you are taking action based on a notification, you stop thinking for yourself what's important for you, right here, right now. The moment you click on that SnapChat you got, you forget about your work for a while and that feels good. The moment you see that a friend liked your Instagram picture, you feel good for a while, but it totally scatters your attention span. According to this article US citizens are looking on their phones 46 times per day on average. Assuming that you're awake 16 hours a day, that's once every 21 minutes. And a big amount of the times you go to your phone it's because you're distracted from what you were actually doing.
Most of it is a waste of time.
From 6 hours a day to just 1.
A few months ago, I was on my phone about 6 hours a day, and the biggest part of that time I was on social media. I wanted to be on my phone less so I tried some things. After many measures that didn't really work (I went back to about 3 hours a day, but that wasn't good enough), installing Freedom fortunately made me less of a notification-zombie. Now I'm on my phone just 1 hour a day, and it frees my mind. I can't believe it.
Just try this a while and I bet it will free your mind: Turn off all of your notifications. You can do this in the settings, but Freedom gives you many more options. After a while, you will start thinking for yourself again. You'll open Facebook eventually, when you allow yourself, and when you really think you need it... If that time ever comes.
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