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LIFE EXPERIENCE

Smartphones: Friend or Foe?

There are always two sides of a coin

Smartphones play a vital role in our daily life. It made everything reachable through a touch, almost under a fingertip. No wonder for the most of us, the smartphone is the first thing we look at when we wake and also the last thing before going to sleep.

#Problems

Currently, for all, irrespective of age, smartphones are a significant source of distraction and distraction affects our productivity.

  • Opt-in rates are much higher on Android devices (91.1%) than iOS (43.9%); users for the latter have to actively opt-in, while the former are automatically enrolled, says Accengage.
  • 31% of users do not like to find push notifications helpful at all; only 18% always find them useful.
Source: Accengage

#Observation

So what I can conclude from the above observations are, the smartphones hampers or affects my life in the following ways:

  • Wastage of time
  • OTT Apps badly affects our routine. [Trending binge watch habits, lately]
  • Unnecessary expenses on either food, or shopping or even buying app subscription

#What I Did?

I was recently reading a book on freedom, “What it takes to be Free” by Darius Foroux. In the book, the author describes what the factors affecting our freedom are, and this was one of them. He also mentioned a few things you can do to control this. I followed some them, though it was not easy at all. It took time, but after two weeks, I could myself feel how such a small step can create such a difference in my life.

  • I removed all the News apps. I started browsing news twice a day on my desktop.
  • I disabled all the App notifications for Food Delivery Apps, e Commerece Apps, Travel Apps, Social Media Apps.
  • Unsubscribed all the promotional emails I receive. This took me about 2 weeks and still continuing. There are a hell lot of such emails I receive very often.
  • For the remaining applications, I have turned on a feature called “Deliver Quitely” available in my phone.

A coder by profession, sharing life experiences with the Words. Learning more about Productivity, Habits, Decision Making and ambitious towards self freedom.