Concerned About Your Phone Use?

Concerned About Your Phone Use?

Technology alone is not enough.

Steve Jobs

What if it were easier to moderate our own phone use in 2022?

That was the subject of a recent analysis by The Washington Post and, not surprisingly, it highlights some important implications for our emotional wellness.

From the apps we choose for work and play to the continuous news cycle at our finger tips, our devices have incredible influence over our daily lives (whether we realize it or not).

We’re not advocating an overhaul of your relationship with technology. Rather, we’re all about simple, practical steps you can take to bring more mindfulness and balance to everything you do.

Read on for practical resources to help you navigate some common concerns about phone use:

1. Struggling with endless scrolling?

It’s there in the dark as you squint into the blue light of your screen. In the commercial breaks and curbside pickup lines and a thousand tiny moments each day. The urge to pick up your phone and scroll. You already know what you’ll probably find there (and how it’ll make you feel). So, why is it so hard to stop? Fortunately, with some practice, you can kick the mindless scrolling habit.

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2. Concerned about your relationship with social media?

Reunited and it feels so… good? After last year’s disruption to 2 of the most popular apps on the planet, many of us were left wondering about the role these platforms (and social media as a whole) play in our daily lives. If you’re worried about your social media use, or simply feel curious about it, we’ve got some resources to support you along the way.

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3. Concerned about your kids’ phone use?

They’re in your home. Your child’s interacting with them daily. You’ve heard they can be harmful… but you’re not sure what to believe. If you’re intrigued (and more than a little intimidated) by the devices, apps, and games that have captured the attention of one or more of the young people in your life… you’re not alone. Let’s look at how you and your child can navigate this challenging landscape together.

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4. Need help unplugging for awhile?

Each year, the National Day of Unplugging invites us to enjoy a 24-hour global respite from technology. This event “highlights the value of disconnecting from digital devices to connect with ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities in real time.” Maybe you’ll decide to unplug entirely for a day. Or the whole weekend. Or maybe you’d rather choose a few specific ways to change up your connectivity habits, and go from there. It’s all good (for your emotional wellness). 

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5. Need some healthier app suggestions?

There’s never been a greater need for emotional wellness support. And thanks to increased demand from the public, there’s never been a wider array of tech resources to choose from! So many, in fact, that choosing one can get a bit overwhelming… But, don’t worry: We’ve done the research for you. Check out our recurring series of emotional wellness app reviews!

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Concerned about your phone use? Looking for extra support?