TheScience of Why We’re SoAddicted to Our Phones


It’s no secret that we’re addicted to our phones. We feel compelled to check them every few minutes, even when we’re not expecting a call or text. We get anxious if we can’t find them. And when we’re away from them, we often feel like we’re missing a limb.

Why are we so addicted to our phones?

There are a few reasons. First, our phones are constantly giving us little hits of dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter that’s also released when we eat food or have sex. Every time we get a notification, check a text, or scroll through our social media feeds, we’re getting a small dose of dopamine that makes us feel good.

Second, our phones are always with us, which means they’re always available to give us those little dopamine hits. They’re like a slot machine that we can pull whenever we want, and we often do it without even realizing it.

Third, our brains are hardwired to pay attention to things that are new, unexpected, or changing. That’s why we can’t help but look at our phones even when we’re in the middle of a conversation or a meeting. Our brains are drawn to the new notifications and the possibility of something interesting happening.

Fourth, our phones are designed to be addictive. The companies that make them use the same techniques that casinos use to keep people gambling. They make them addictive on purpose.

So what can we do about our addiction?

The first step is to be aware of it. Once you’re aware of the problem, you can start to take steps to address it.

Here are a few things you can do:

1. Keep your phone out of sight when you’re with other people. This will help you stay present in the conversation and avoid the urge to check your phone.

2. Turn off all notifications. You don’t need to be notified every time someone likes your photo or comments on your post.

3. Delete the social media apps from your phone. You can still access them from your computer, but having them on your phone makes it too easy to mindlessly scroll through them.

4. Set limits on your phone usage. There are a number of apps that can help you do this.

5. Take a break from your phone. Leave it at home when you go out, or put it in a drawer and don’t use it for a day or two.

6. Talk to someone about your addiction. Sometimes it helps to talk to someone who understands the problem.

Addressing our phone addiction is not going to be easy. It’s going to take effort and perseverance. But it’s worth it. Our phones are not going anywhere, so we might as well learn to use them in a way that doesn’t ruin our lives.

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