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Here's how to *actually* use your phone less

Is scrolling through TikTok or Insta taking up most of your time? Are you putting summer assignments on the back burner, just to watch one more (but really like 20) videos on YouTube? You're not alone. A recent study shows that over 60 percent of cell phone users are addicted. Don't stress though—you don't have to be a part of that scary stat. We're here to tell you that yes, it *is* possible to use your phone less.

Temporarily delete addicting apps 

The best way to cut out endless scrolling? Delete an app or two. Check your screen time in settings and whatever app you spend the most time on may be the one to temporarily cut out of your life. And if you hate the idea of losing all of your drafts from deleting an app, remove it from your home screen to make it a little harder to access (and a little easier to forget about).

Set time limits
Time limits can be a *total* game changer. Decide how long you want to spend on an app and set a limit in settings. By doing so, you'll get a friendly reminder when it's time to be done for the day.

Do not disturb 

That do not disturb option on your phone? It's there for a reason—and this is your sign to start using it. If you're afraid you'll miss an important message or call, use the "personal" mode to pick your own settings.

Have a family member hide your phone
Hitting the "ignore time limit" button time and time again? That may mean you should have a trusted fam member put your phone in a hiding spot that you don't know of. Just make sure to agree with them on when you'll get it back. 

Don't sleep with your phone near your bed

If going onto your phone to text your friends and scroll for fun is your first activity of the day, it's time to switch up your routine. Opt for picking a new spot to stash your phone while you sleep (literally anywhere besides next to your bed). That way, you'll avoid late-night scrolling and can start each day with a fresh (and phone-free) start!

Start a log
The best way to meet a goal is to start a consistent log to hold yourself accountable. Start a fresh notebook or notes app page dedicated to your screen time each day. And don't forget to reward yourself when that screen time decreases. You should be proud of yourself!

Shut it off *all* the way 

Let your besties and your 'rents know before completely shutting off your phone during the day. This way, when you do turn your phone back on, it'll feel more like a reward than an addiction.

Need more phone-free advice? Check out these related posts: 
📱21 things to do today that don't require your phone 
📱How to *actually* go an entire day without your phone 
📱"Dear Carol, I am addicted to my phone"

How do you plan to use your phone less? Tell us on Twitter @girlslifemag!

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by Eva Mandelbaum | 8/28/2022