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How to Break Your Text Messaging Addiction

Texting can be a more convenient way of communicating, but it can get out of control.

Texting seems to be the preferred means of communication these days.  People seem to choose to send a text message over calling.  There’s nothing wrong with that; we all live different lives so maybe texting is simply the best method for some.  Anyone who texts must admit that it can be quite addictive.  If the bug has got you, it’s time to break your addiction.  This is especially true if it is interfering with your life.

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Here are some signs that texting is starting to control you:

  • You don’t pay attention in class because you’re texting
  • You are slacking off at work
  • You constantly are checking your phone
  • You’re sending people multiple text messages before they have yet to reply to you
  • You’re obsessing over finding patterns between incoming texts.

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These are just a few signs.  Harassing other people over text messages is increasingly getting worse since texting is now “the thing”.  Pay attention to your actions!

  • Now, if you realize you have a problem and want to break the addiction, here’s what you can do.  Remember that you can (and probably should) pair some of the options together to get the best result for yourself:
  • At night, turn your phone off.  If you use the alarm clock on your phone, most cell phones have an option for the alarm still to go off, but that will also be when your phone turns itself on.  This way, you can focus on sleep (or something else if you’re shutting it off earlier) instead of texting.
  • Put your phone somewhere you’re not likely to go.  Leave it in another room, let it charge somewhere you won’t be, etc.
  • Don’t always hold on to your phone.  Leave it in your pocket or purse if you’re out, or leave it somewhere you can hear it.  You don’t need to watch your phone if you can hear it.
  • Keep busy.  Get your mind elsewhere so you’re not worrying about your phone.
  • If you don’t need your phone, leave it at home when you go out for a little bit. 
  • Have someone hold your phone for you so they act as a barrier.  Let them know you want to use your phone and text less.
  • If you’re not in class or at work, or anywhere else where noise would be annoying, keep your phones sound and tunes ON.  As aforementioned, if you can hear your phone, you don’t need to have it in hand to keep checking.
  • Don’t answer texts right away.  Not only do you look desperate doing this, but you can give yourself 10 minutes or so until you reply.  Try not to watch the clock.  You’ll find that you’ll keep busy and those 10 minutes may turn into 20 minutes or more–slowly breaking the addiction.

Find your own methods of dealing with the addiction and choose things that will work best for you.  We are all different so what works for one person may not work for you.  Cell phone and text messaging addiction is not impossible to break.  And remember, you don’t have to give it up completely; the point is to bring it down to a reasonable level.

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