Apple’s recent release of the new iPhone has given us yet another reminder of the smartphone’s great power. However this utility remains beneficial only when the devices are used, well, smartly. And for college students especially, that’s not always how the story goes.
It’s a paradox that can turn smartphones into barriers to education – and much more. Friendship, for example, can be a victim of so-called “smartphone addiction,” as shown by this statement-video that recently gripped the internet:
Although the short paints a grim picture, it doesn’t have to be your reality. Smartphones can be resisted so long as they’re treated with caution and respect. For starters you can:
- Break the habit by saying no to being “connected” at all times and all places.
- Shift your focus to your immediate locale until your urges to slide that unlock button lessen.
- Consider leaving the phone at home or turning it off when in class or with loved ones.
- Some experts, like the one in the video below, even advocate treating the phone like a potentially addictive substance:
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