How do you know if you have a problem with your smartphone?
• You stay up late, even when you’re is tired, to be on-line.
• You check in every couple of hours, even when away from home (smart phone).
• You check in first thing in the morning – like before you go to the bathroom or while the coffee is brewing.
• You get anxious or depressed over where your phone is or not being able to check her social media.
• You’re unable to function if the Internet goes down, and check every few minutes to see if the connection has been restored.
• Your mood is influenced by what you do on-line.
• You spend more than 15 minutes a day checking social media.
• Real life contacts are seeing less of you.
• You wake up in the middle of the night and go straight to the phone
What to do?
• Schedule unplugged nights: pick a couple of nights a week and unplug from the world and plug into each other.
• Delete social media apps from your phone: if you don’t have them, then you won’t get caught up in using them all the time.
• Turn phones off after work until bedtime: or try turning off and checking at a specific time. Most things can wait. It can help you tune in better, not just to your spouse but to your children too.
• Enjoy it now, share it later: stop sharing everything in the moment. You are most likely missing it because you are trying to post it. Take the picture and post it later. Send the text later. Stuff can be easily be shared after they happen and not during.
• Don’t bring your phone with you on date night: leave it in the car or turn it off. If you must have it because you can’t be separated from the children, then don’t use it unless you get a call. Focus on your wife.
• Jump into bed with your wife: keep your phone out of your bed. It interferes with your ability to relax and unwind, but it can definitely put a crimp in your intimacy.
Be Strong. Act Like Men.