PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — There’s an app for just about everything now – including apps to stop you from checking your phone.
For many of us, our phones are practically attached to our hands, and we check them even when we’re at work or aren’t supposed to be.
New apps, though, can help you track how much time you’re actually on your phone, and enable you to set limits. While turning your phone off completely might be the easiest solution, it isn’t always possible, and that’s where phone settings and apps can help.
“My phone was just constantly going off and it got to be too much,” said Jason Bauman. “But if I muted my phone entirely, I would miss the important messages, and I didn’t like that.”
Bauman used his phone’s settings and applications to create a list of priority contacts, and if someone who’s not on that list calls, texts, or emails him, he isn’t notified until he turns the applications back off.
“It’s definitely a market that’s growing, and I think it’s going to grow as people start to realize more and more that this is starting to become a major issue,” said Nick Bonataskis.
And officials say phone use isn’t just a habit – it can be a real addiction.
According to Psychotherapist Robert Weiss, overcoming that addiction should start with identifying exactly what it is that you crave behind the keypad, whether it’s games, social media, or work.
“You might be addicted to a particular program or device,” he said, “that brings you something that’s so pleasurable, so distracting, that you’re willing or need to turn your life over to it.”
Weiss said that even though it seems counter-intuitive, using your phone to help you unplug from your phone could actually give you a little break.
“Using an app to calm yourself, distract yourself, soothe yourself, is not the same as getting away from the tech, but boy, it’s a great way to take a few moments out of your day and find some peace, calm and distraction, and who doesn’t need that?”
For Bauman, what he’s looking for is to prioritize his notifications while he’s working or off on a hike, so all he hears are the sounds of silence. If you’re interested in doing the same, check out The Moment App, Flipd, or No Phone Challenge.