What Is Smartphone Syndrome?
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In our technology-obsessed world, we now rely on our smartphones and other devices for work, information, or simply calling for a lift. As a result, we have developed a new set of emotional and behavioral patterns—patterns that make us feel unhappy, unbalanced, and unconnected. These behavioral patterns are what I call "smartphone syndrome".
Do You Have Smartphone Syndrome?
Take the quiz below to find out.
Why Do We Get Smartphone Syndrome?
Because of our 24-7 access to the Internet, media, and social media, we never have the opportunity to step back and see how technology is really affecting us. And even if we knew how technology was affecting us, it’s not like we could just quit because we’re both reliant on technology for our livelihood and addicted to the spurts of happiness that our devices provide. So we’re in a predicament where our devices are ruining our happiness, yet we can’t stop using them.
How Do We Beat Smartphone Syndrome?
So what can we do? How do we outsmart our smartphones and get rid of our smartphone syndrome? As an expert smack-dab in the middle of the happiness and technology industries, I knew I was the right person for the job. So I started researching, testing, and reflecting on the different strategies we can use to outsmart our smartphones. And that’s how my book, Outsmart Your Smartphone was born.
To start undoing your smartphone syndrome, join the 28-day smartphone challenge below or grab a copy of the book.
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.