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We don't notice it, we have notifications set by default in a certain way and we are used to days marked by messages and windows that open proposing priorities that are not ours on a screen to which we cannot say no. If so, we are subject to smartphone stress. Nothing serious, indeed, maybe that's okay with us, but maybe not. Let's try to change for a few days, rebelling a little against the notifications that pop up minute by minute, and see what it feels like. Then we can decide how to continue, whether to return to a symbiosis with our mobile phone, or continue with the our rebellion. This does not mean not to use the cell phone but to set it so that it does not interrupt our days continuously but only when necessary. We can decide when it is, and the rest awaits.
The smartphone stress it is often something we suffer from unconsciously and only when we try to counter it do we notice its existence. It's a invisible cage, at times it may seem that cell phone notifications are absolutely always necessary and that only our smartphone, more than us, knows what we want at any given moment.
Smartphone stress: why react
There is a lot of research by now that proves unquestionably how the often wild flow of notifications can damage our brain, in addition to our mood. Think if a person interrupts you constantly by touching you inside for every nonsense that comes to mind, while you are doing something else: wouldn't that bother you? I would get very annoyed, yet until recently I let my smartphone do something similar without giving it any rules.
When you get used to the notification flow, you sometimes become addicted to them and if they are missing you worry. “They have forgotten about me”, we think. And if you put the silent mode, you live hours in the doubt that there is a notification to watch and we are missing it. Notification after notification, our ability to concentrate drops and our performance also drops, not just at work. Even a chat with a friend with an eye on his cell phone is certainly not of great quality.
Whatever is being done, whenever a notification comes in, we interrupt and then we have to start almost all over again. If on the one hand it seems an excellent mental gymnastics, on the other it is the cause of a very strong stress which reduces our performance in the long run, in a not indifferent way. Even 40% in the long run. If we still have time, let's get adjusted and set up our mobile phone better, to start a digital detox. No heroic and extreme acts, it's just about deciding when we want to be interrupted.
Smartphone stress: what to do
Each mobile phone has its own process and this is not the place to give technical advice, you can find it on the net in handfuls. The concept is that we must locate for each app, especially for those of social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the ways in which notifications can appear. We can silence them altogether, or we can decide when they should be discreet. Initially there we will feel disoriented, because no longer subjected to the shapeless flow of small trills and alerts on the screen, but after a few days we will experience a feeling of order and cleanliness, of serenity, even the serenity of being able to do our activities continuously, without unnecessary interruptions. The notifications will become useful interruptions because we have decided when to be interrupted and how.
There are some other tricks for solving smartphone stress. This is for anyone who spends the last few minutes of the day giving un last look at the timelines of others on social media before resting. A bad habit, both because of the simple light that the screen gives off, unhealthy for our eyes and our brain, and for the type of content. Very often we find ourselves making comparisons and throwing ourselves down. Tired from the day, it seems to us that those of others have been better and you go to bed with a bitter taste in your mouth.
No cell phone, therefore, to slip into sleep, but rather a good book, a little radio, a herbal tea, a little music or an interesting and healthy silence, provided that you can find silence where you live. Buy an analog alarm clock so that your smartphone can stay away from your bed, you will get it back in the morning, after a little toilet, stretching and a good breakfast.
If you are not convinced to start your soft detox action from the notifications, try to observe in the phone statistics how many hours you have spent on some apps in the last week. I make you do the math, compare it with the hours granted to friends and yourself and draw the appropriate conclusions. Unfortunately, in many situations, by doing so we fall from the pear tree and we realize that what for us is "a look at social networks " it turns into hours and hours with the nose attached to the screen to observe images that pass by and that tell us nothing of that. An almost compulsive gesture, enhanced by the fear of being the only ones not to have seen something posted and that does not take into account the real risk, that of not giving enough attention to objects and people who are off line, off the screen but that we can touch.