Report on a phone addiction

           As a student of General Knowledge Education Secondary School Jesenice, I am writing this report for ITS. The purpose of the report is to present a new addiction that is on the rise as well as explain its reasons and try to provide solutions to it. The information is based on my own experience as well as the experience of my schoolmates.

Are we addicted?

           I am not the only one who finds myself frequently checking my phone to see if I have received any messages. My phone easily distracts me from work and sleeping. I reach for it the moment I am alone or bored. Evidence for the phone addiction is clear, but I was a long time not ready to face it.

Why are we addicted?

           Smartphones are troublesome to put down. For instance, the red color in notifications triggers an emotional response that makes us want to click or swipe, auto-play functions are designed to seize our good judgment. We become dependent on our phones because there are numerous apps available to download that make our everyday lives easier whether it is to find a bus timetable, to order food, or even just to check the time. With phones, we are available to our friends, and in fear of not being delayed, we constantly check the posts of friends on social networks.

How to fight it?

           There are several ways to fight it. Students propose the following steps. You should turn off all notifications, except messaging apps. Notifications from social media draw you into using the app without actually wanting it.  Let your phone outside your room while working, studying, or reading, and do not use it during meals. Now your phone cannot interrupt you and you can focus on your work and the people you are with. Checking social media is one of the most frequent uses of smartphones and the biggest distraction and time-waster. Removing social media apps from phones is one way to fight your addiction. If you do not want to delete it, set specific goals, for example, you can limit yourself to 30 minutes per day on social media.


            Smartphone addiction can encompass a variety of impulse-control problems. Spending a lot of time on your phone becomes a problem when it interferes with work, school, your face-to-face relationships, and hobbies. With some easy steps, you can help yourself and break your addiction. Set specific goals, turn off notifications, and use saved time for trying new things and doing something that makes you happy.

Klara Podlipnik

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