Understanding the habit
we're all guilty of it.
Using your phone when you should be focusing on the people around you isn’t as harmless as you might think. In fact, it can have a huge impact on your friends’ feelings and even your own mental health.
Increased anxiety, feelings of loneliness and strained relationships are just a few of the symptoms of choosing your phone over your friends. It’s time to break the habit.
4 out of 5
people say that when their friends use their phones when hanging out, it completely kills the mood. *
of people say it’s not okay to check texts during family dinner. **
Being on your phone instead of paying attention to friends increases feelings of loneliness. So, there’s that. ***
A real issue
If your phone is always in your hand because you’re worried about missing a text, a post or a streak, you’re missing out on a whole lot more.
While phones can help us feel more connected, ignoring the people around you in favour of your phone—or even just having it out on the table—can distract from the moments in life that matter. Ironic, huh?
Three essential tips
can do this.
Finding it hard to break the habit? Here are a few tips to get you started.
Out of sight
You won’t be as tempted to check your phone if you leave it in your bag, pocket or (if you’re brave enough) at home.
Do not disturb
Set your phone to “Do Not Disturb” to temporarily silence notifications when you should be focused on something or someone else.
Face to face
Break out the old-fashioned board games, watch Netflix together or let your friend vent about their boss. You might be surprised what you’ve been missing out on!
It’s time to put yourself to the test! Find out what kind of friend you are based on your phone habits.
Instagram Stories Effect
Let your friends know when it's time to put down their phone with the #FeelingsOverPhones Instagram Story filter! Don't forget to turn up the sound for the full effect.