7 ways to fight your smartphone addiction

It’s time to put down the phone and rejoin the real world. Committing to a phone-free breakfast or simply leaving it in another room can help.

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As a community manager, I hate to step away from my phone or other devices. Anything can go wrong in an instant.

But we have to let go of those fears.

I know I’m not the only one who’s tired of seeing people walking around on their phones, and I’m sure one (or more) of your friends has asked you to stop constantly checking yours.

I halted my phone obsession last year, and have a few tips so you can, too:

1. Turn off your personal notifications.

This is the first step. You can do it. You don’t need to see every Facebook like or new Twitter follow. It is not important, and you have to start to detox from notifications.

2. Only sign into your brand’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

At work I often choose to “use Facebook as” one of the accounts I manage so I don’t see the red notification symbol pop up. You can do the same thing with your phone. Only use the Facebook Page Manager app, and only have your brand Twitter accounts up. It will decrease your usage.

3. Wait to respond.