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If you’re like me, you check your phone every time it buzzes: under the supper table, at the movies, when you’re almost asleep and the list goes on and on. Well, did you know that it could be as a result of training from your smartphone?
In 2010, a study in the journal of Personal and Ubiquitious Computing titled “Habits Make Smartphone Use More Pervasive” stated that smartphone users, on average, check their phones over 30 times per a day. They argue that cues that trigger this type of “checking habit”.
The NY Times Magazine reported that its a cue-routine-reward loop. The buzzing is the trigger that cues you to slide your finger across the unlock bar and the dopamine release causes you to do this over and over again, despite having just checked 10 minutes ago. Known as the pleasure chemical in our brains, dopamine causes us to seek things.
If you want to break yourself of this cycle, you have to turn off that buzz and reward yourself around another routine. Or, if you’re really like me, you just admit that you’re an informed addict.