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How to Be Smarter Than Your Smartphone?

What are some ways you can be smarter than your smartphone?

4 Ways to be Smarter than your Smartphone

How can we encourage these young students (and all of us for that matter) to find ways to control the technology and not become enslaved by it? There are no simple answers of course, but a few simple principles might prove helpful.

1. Structure Smartphone Use

Willpower rarely works to change behavior but structuring your environment can help out a lot. So, having your smartphone with you only when you are willing to use it might be a good place to start.

2. Give Informed Consent

If you give people the heads up that you have limited availability then they’ll hopefully alter their expectations about how reachable you might be at any given time.

3. Maybe You Really Need a Dumb Phone

Consider trading in your smartphone for a dumb phone. Maybe you really don’t need all of the great features that are available on a contemporary smartphone anyway.

4. Purposely Get Out of Cell Phone Range

Be sure to spend at least some time in locations where smartphone reception is hard or impossible to get. For example, swimming in the pool, lake, or ocean prevents you from using your phone.

For another example, while Charlotte, NC has mobile services for its nearly 800, 000 inhabitants, its surrounding rural areas in both Carolinas are only a short distance away. They allow for good hiking, biking, walking, running, and just watching nature. This is likely good for your health, both physical and mental, and will get you off your smartphone for a while.

4 simple principles might help to get you started.

Your phone is smart. You should be too.

Smartphones have given us great power and flexibility. We can respond to email and messages from anywhere. We can reach and be reached almost anytime. It is a very powerful tool. Smartphones have taken over our lives and they are supposed to make our lives easier. They are supposed to help us get things done. Yet, often they are a source of frustration and distraction.

Know How to Use It

If you are going to get a new smartphone, make sure to learn how to use it. A few minutes on YouTube can be very helpful.

Turn Off Notifications

What do you need to knowright now?Forget the rest.

Learn some tricks

For instance, GPS is very helpful when you get lost, but don’t use it when you don’t need it. There are many other such tips and tricks.

Get rid of the time- wasting app

Choose only the apps that you really need.

Keep it far

Put that phone away when you are not using it.

Remember who is the boss

Your smartphone is there for your needs, not the other way around. Always remember who is in control.

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How to Be Smarter Than Your Smartphone? - Last modify: July 10th, 2014, Author: Jennifer Birch
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Jennifer Birch or simply “Jenni,” is a British writer who’s passionate about PCs and operating systems. She’s also covering innovative news on the mobile industry such as O2’s new 4G LTE network and Nokia’s flagship 1020 Windows Phone. Connect with her through Twitter at @WrittenByJenni

 
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