A Journey to the Start of Phone Addiction!

Posted by Jamila Johar on July 24th, 2018

It is often said, “Change is the inevitable truth”. Things change, situations change and people change. It spares no one. And this change never happens overnight. Like one day you suddenly wake up and, hola! You are a changed being! No that happens only on telenovelas. But in real life, all changes have a long end process behind them.

And so is the process of being a Cell Phone Addict! We all have this general idea of what “addiction to phone” means, but how do we know we are an addict? When do we realise that? Does a fairy come down all the way from heaven and speak the magic words to us? Or is there a whole lot of show going on behind the veil, which we need to understand?

Phone Addiction, the DRAIN of BRAIN!

In my last blog, we discussed upon Phone Addiction – the new Drug! And in this one we would focus on the mechanism of becoming a phone addict. Addiction, like any other process, occurs in stages. And like any other drug, mobile phone addicts too pass through all of these. So, let’s start!

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
–Jimmy Dean

Stage 1: CRAVER

Craving means to long for something and that’s what a craver does. This is the start flag to the addiction process. Once you clear this check post, you are in a greater mess. This is the point where everything seems normal. You are still a normal user and are able to effortlessly manage your life and your phone in a balanced way. But slowly you crave. You want more of your phone, everywhere. You miss it. You regret leaving it at home. You find it more interesting than get-togethers and even shopping! You crave for it like a small child craving for a toy! Buddy, believe me, if you fall for this there is no turning back!

Buddy just be BRAVE and do not CRAVE!

Stage 2: HABITUAL

Habit. A very deadly word if you have a ‘bad’ one. The most interesting thing about habits is that good ones, take a long time to cultivate but these evil, nasty ones, are so damn fast! And so is ‘mobile addiction’. You won’t realize when it happened, but your cravings slowly form a habit. Your ‘want’ for the phone now becomes your ‘need’, your craving turns into something you do on a regular basis. You wake up and check your phone and sleep after kissing it goodnight. Just like you brush, bathe, eat and sleep, your phone too, becomes your routine! And as said ‘Habits Die Hard!’

This little BUDDY has become a part of your routine affecting your ACTUAL ROUTINE!

Stage 3: DEPENDENT

The venom now starts to show its colors. Slowly you become dependent on your phone. You cannot do a thing without it. Whether you want to talk, play or read your first choice is your phone. This little poison becomes your best pal. You chose its company even at meals, in the washroom, at movies or tours! It is like a doorway for you, out of your life. A window from where you helplessly just stare at the moments slip by!

The VENOM of DEPENDENCY starts flowing through your veins!

Stage 4: OBSESSED

Now you actually start enjoying this dependency. In fact, you become greatly obsessed with your device. It becomes so hard to even keep it down. You go on doing your stuff in it, without blinking an eye. And I mean it, literally. You forget to blink. You forget to eat. You are removed from your daily life processes. You lose productivity. You lose the will to do new things, try new stuff. All you want is your phone. All you find interesting is your phone. Although you won’t do any real work. You would just scroll down the feeds, or watch movies and videos, or play games, or stare at dresses you don’t even want to purchase! But it’s always you and your phone!

Your OBSESSION with your phone makes you do INSANE things, even if it involves HURTING your own self!

Stage 5: ADDICTED

What could be next? A stage where all is blur……where you are just a puppet not knowing what went wrong. You now have a sense that your phone has been a devil in disguise all this while, but even then you are unable to give up on it. You want a break-up, but your mind is all consumed in your cell phone to be ready to do it. And here is when my friend you realize, YOU HAVE BECOME A PHONE ADDICT!

And sadly your PHONE is your BOSS and YOU are the SLAVE!

All these stages are hairline apart. And maybe you identify yourself with more than one stage at a time. Maybe you are at the transition between two stages. Maybe you are at the last stage, or maybe you have just started on the path to Addiction! But my friend, you need to acknowledge this and accept this ASAP! Or else the return is going to be tough.

Being this said, I would love to recommend you an amazingly useful app that would help you know exactly, at which stage you are and help you get out of it in a fun and easy way. No app blocks, no alarms, and buzzers. This app is just that FRIEND, which would be there with you and guide you until you are finally detoxed! It is the YourHour App – placing Your Time in Your Hand! Try it out, it really works!

With more exciting features coming across to help you keep Your Time in Your Hand, the YourHour app is a complete digital solution for detoxification of your phone addiction. Let’s take our steps towards being SMART USERS of our phones and not just owners of SMART PHONES

And a DIGITAL solution to it – “YourHour App”

Posted by Jamila Johar on July 2, 2018

Day in and day out, we are all surrounded by technology. No doubt it has made our lives very easy and abstract but it has also increased our dependency at certain points. And maybe we can do without most of them at times, but one thing that has become essential to our living is MOBILE PHONE!


Don’t agree? Imagine this! You are at a wedding where you hardly know anyone. It’s like you are Alice in the Wonderland! So what do you do? You grab your phone from your pocket and indulge in it to pretend not being alone. Your phone offers you a companionship in endless such situations where you might find yourself aloof. And eventually you seem to forget the place, the time, the people you are with and all you tend to remember is your phone.

Share food with your HEART not with your PHONE!

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
–Jimmy Dean

So where did it all go wrong? The time when you unlocked your phone to avoid the embarrassment of being alone. But what else could you do? You could have tried to grab your guts and talk. Instead of your virtual companion maybe you could have found an actual friend! But that was the tough route right! And your phone wouldn’t have allowed that.

This is just one scenario. And every day we encounter innumerable such situations. Phones are surely an aid to help us but with time they have become the most addictive drug! We start our day browsing our Instagram feeds, texting morning messages to friends and catching up on the world. We need them during meals because eating is so boring otherwise! We use them in public places, at work, while driving and even let them intrude our private time (Cause no one likes counting bathroom tiles, afterall!).

We are incredibly DISCONNECTED today, due to the devices meant to CONNECT us!

But with all these we have forgotten the actual purpose of these SMART devices – COMMUNICATION! And it is sad to notice that they have constantly proved to gust a gap between people. The phone addiction has made us forget our time with friends and family. We waste almost all our day in useless streaming and have lost our productivity. We read online, we chat online, we even can’t remind ourselves of our own things and there too we need phones. Long story short, we have locked ourselves in the shackles of SMART PHONE ADDICTION!

Aah! Realisation! Pretty stressing? Want to get rid of the addiction and yet are not willing to abandon your phones? Maybe to break these shackles you don’t need to give up your phones altogether. Maybe all you need is a magic wand to undo the spell of your phones. And maybe there were an app to help you find your way out of this addiction!

For treating any disease you need to know the pattern of its working. And that’s how YourHour app helps you. This app is your constant guide in tracking your phone usage, letting you know about it, and helping you subside the urge to use your phone. The results are surely surprising!

The app is focused mainly upon letting you know the total number of time you access your phone, the number of hours you spend on different apps, a daily timeline of your phone’s activities and a report of your daily and weekly phone usage. With these features it helps you recognize the most addictive apps in your device and how much time of your day do you remain stuck in there!

Here are top features of the app:

★ The Dashboard: Your gateway to your day!

The dashboard of YourHour provides you all the essential information you need to know about your day long phone usage. The app keeps a track on your “Total Screen ON Time” and “Total Phone Unlock Count” and thereby, gives a comparative info graph of your weeklong activity. 

★ The Report: We Remind you!

YourHour provides its users Daily and Weekly report cards for their app usage. The Daily usage report reviews the usage on individual apps, with app run-time and app launch count for each app separately. You can also view the Daily App Timeline to know the breakdown of the app’s daylong usage. Also, a consolidated report notification is sent, before you mark it as an end of the day. The Weekly usage report will summarise the last 7 days phone usage and unlock count for you. The user can also see how much time he has spent on individual apps and app launch count for each day throughout the week.

★ The “Clock Timer”: See your time slip by!

YourHour app comes with a Float “Clock Timer” that you can activate on all your addicting apps. Henceforth, every time you launch your addictive app, we show you a nicely designed ticking “Clock Timer” next to it. You are free to drag and drop it wherever you want. This way you can be aware of each minute of your precious time that you remain glued to non-productive apps. We don’t block your app notifications or calls like other apps because we want YOU to be the best judge of YOUR time. So we keep you aware at every possible juncture.

★ The Phone Diary: Your Phone’s Routine!

The daily usage timeline shows the entire day schedule of your phone in one go. What you used, when you used and for how much time did you use it. It tells you each small detail and also shows you the happy hours! (no phone usage hour). 

★ The Goal Challenge: Hit that goal!

People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. With YourHour you can set your phone usage time. Thus, as you come nearby your goal for the day, the app reminds you of the same and aware you that you are done for the day!

★The Amazing Facts: Learn along the run!

YourHour cares for you. And so, with your daily report on app usage it gives you some facts, figures, and quotes to remind you of how much your health is important to us.

★ The Share: Coz sharing is caring!

You can share your daily and weekly reports with friends and family and have fun comparing your results and improve together for the better.

 

With more exciting features coming across to help you keep Your Time in Your Hand, the YourHour app is a complete digital solution for detoxification of your phone addiction. Let’s take our steps towards being SMART USERS of our phones and not just owners of SMART PHONES! 

 

Download your medicine now on Google Play Store, and start your treatment today!