Alex Wood is an addict but won't give up his smartphone. But he has five strategies for limiting its control over him: "I used to wake up tired. My body would ache and my head felt sore, like waking up with a hangover. Finally, I took control, like attending an AA class for addicts, I faced my tech demons. Now I wake up refreshed and realise how much it was a ‘real’ addiction that affects your health."
1) Don't charge it by your bed.
2) Kill all notifications.
3) Delete Facebook, Twitter, Insta and other "attention loop" apps.
4) Switch to Android, because it has the good self-control enforcement apps.
5) Stop checking email/turn off Push email.
All obviated by 1) throw it in a lake and get a dumbphone.
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