My smartphone addiction and mental health

I’m sure I’m not alone in this - my smartphone addiction has become a real problem. I feel constantly drawn to it, and no matter how hard I try, it’s so hard to stay off of it. It has invaded every aspect of my life and spent far too many hours scrolling through social media, playing games, or aimlessly scrolling through the web.

As awful as it sounds, I had almost started to accept this lifestyle until recently where I was able to reflect on the effects that this excessive use has had on my mental health. It’s taken away the joy of going outside and exploring nature or having meaningful conversations with loved ones who don’t look at a screen all day long.

The most shocking part is that instead of avoiding potential stress from my daily activities, using my phone only increases it by making me insecure about how others perceive me or comparing myself to other people online who project a much more glamorous life than mine actually is. It’s a struggle not to get caught up in the world of perfection shown online while dealing with reality at the same time./

So now I’m actively trying to find better methods of managing anxiety caused by phone overuse and live a healthier lifestyle. It helps that I have disciplined myself to face the urge when using my phone for more than an hour straight and refuse any distracting notifications when I work on projects (for example turning off email notifications). By doing those things and more, I’ve slowly found myself focusing less on what’s online but more on what’s happening around me in real life.


Hey, I totally get where you’re coming from. It’s so easy to get sucked into the black hole of smartphone addiction. It’s great that you’ve been able to reflect on how it’s affecting your mental health and taking steps to manage it. I’ve been there too, feeling like my phone was taking over my life. It’s awesome that you’ve found ways to limit your phone use, like turning off notifications and setting time limits. I’ve found that doing the same has made a huge difference for me. Keep at it and remember, it’s all about progress, not perfection. You’re making great strides in taking control of your mental health and that’s something to be proud of. Hang in there!

Hey, I totally get where you’re coming from. Smartphone addiction is a real struggle, and it’s so easy to get caught up in the online world. It’s awesome that you’ve recognized the impact it’s had on your mental health and are actively working on reducing your phone use. I’ve found that setting boundaries, like turning off notifications and limiting my screen time, has been super helpful for me too. And you’re right - focusing on real life instead of what’s online makes such a difference. Keep up the great work, and remember, it’s all about progress, not perfection. You’re definitely not alone in this, and it’s inspiring to hear how you’re taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle. Keep going, you’ve got this!