Use the internet as a treat. Don’t worry – those emails will be there whether you check them 20 times a day or 2 times a day! No one is going to die just because you did not update the status on your Facebook page! If anyone complains tell them the truth – you had stuff to do!
Random thoughts will culminate in Google searches lasting for hours instead of the estimated minutes as we click page upon page engrossed in the cornucopia of information before us. A quick game before dinner ends up lasting well past when we were supposed to eat, and if we were the ones designated to cook – oops!
RSS feeds demand constant attention, and just a few hours will cause our inboxes to overflow. Offline messages will get more and more demanding, perhaps even resulting in a phone call from friends wondering why we haven’t responded so we check, recheck, and check once again.
One of the most effective methods to overcome smartphone addiction is to think about what else you can by doing. Think about other things that you would like to do, other things that you are interested in. Write them down and allocate some time each day to take part in different activities.
Browser Detection – Install shareware that limits your time spent browsing. There are a number of programs that monitor your use of browsing and will remind you or disarm your ability to gain access to the web after pushing the limit of your time allocation.
If so, join the crowd! All of us have done it at one point or another, but it is becoming more and more common as we grow accustomed to instant communication, instant gratification. We turn on the computers in the morning and check emails with our first cup of coffee, and turn them off right before going to bed – after one last glance at our inbox, of course!
Tell a professional about it. Talk to a counselor. Because of its prevalence, several hotlines have already been set up. A professional is the best person to help you as the steps he or she can provide is normally backed up by research.
With tax time upon us, have you ever stopped to think that the act of taxing addictions can be an addiction? William Saletan of Slate discusses just that. He uses taxes on cigarettes and proposed taxes on marijuana as examples on how government budgets become addicted to taxes that were supposed to be temporary.