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Digital life: Cutting back on a constant smartphone habit


For many of us, a smartphone addiction is not so much a debilitating disease but a constant, nagging inconvenience we can’t seem to shake. — AP

For many of us, a smartphone addiction is not so much a debilitating disease but a constant, nagging inconvenience we can’t seem to shake. — AP

Why are we checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, then Facebook again when we just wanted to check the weather? Turns out, smartphone addiction is by design. Think of the constant stream of notifications, color schemes in apps and all the "likes", followers and in-game trophies.

Our phones and apps are designed to give us short-term, feel-good rewards, so we'll use them longer – at the expense of reading, enjoying the moment or simply being bored.

   

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