09 May Want to be happier? Don’t take your phone to bed with you!
via PsyPost by Eric Dolan
New study has found evidence that keeping your smartphones out of your bedroom for a week can slightly improve your mental well-being.
The research, recently published in Computers in Human Behavior, examined what happened after a group of participants agreed to temporarily abstain from smartphone use in the bedroom.
“I got my first iPhone about 4 years ago. Before then I had been using a Blackberry, which was barely connected to the internet and wasn’t greatly suited to apps, websites, etc. I used it essentially only for calls, text messages and the occasional email. I could see that other people were spending more and more time on their phones, but I didn’t understand it,” said study author Nicola Hughes of the University of East London.
“Then I got my iPhone — then I got Whatsapp, Instagram, 3G, 4G and so on. Before I knew it, the phone had become the source of an ever-present, constant, ongoing conversation with everyone in my life and an endless stream of content which was always beckoning for my attention.”
“Eventually, I read an article where the author had started charging her phone in the lounge at night so as to keep her bedroom a ‘sanctuary’ from the invasion of tech,” Hughes explained. “This gave me the idea for my study, to test whether there would be any real, measurable impacts (for good or bad) to limiting tech use in the bedroom and creating space for more offline time.”
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