Tak­ing back con­trol of your phone

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Sunday Special -

Here’s how you can snap out of your con­stant need for apps

What s or t of digit a l user do you want to be? Think about how you want to feel and write it down. For ex­am­ple: “I want to feel less bad­gered by my phone.”

P ut your p hone aside, close your eyes and no­tice the peace.

Imag­ine your­self as a happy dig­i­tal user, able to put your phone down and only look at it when you re­ally need to.

Think of it like a screw­driver — a tool de­signed for cer­tain jobs. There’s noth­ing ex­cit­ing about it but it has its uses.

So, what i s your phone use­ful for? Re­mem­ber, the aim isn’t to­tal ab­sten­tion, from junk apps and junk use. De­fine which apps are prac­ti­cal and use­ful, and which are ad­dic­tive junk by go­ing through your phone and sort­ing them into two lists.

Use­ful apps in­clude: Maps, mu­sic, bank­ing, weather, trans­port, shop­ping and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tools such as video calling and text mes­sag­ing.

The real junk will stick out like a sore thumb. This i s also a good time to think about W hat­sApp and Face­book groups. Do you need to be in so many?

Don’t worry about peo­ple tak­ing of­fence if you leave a group. Just ex­plain you’re try­ing to cut the num­ber you’re in and they can send you a mes­sage if they want to get in touch.

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