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You’re too addicted to your phone to quit cold turkey—here’s what to do instead

Trick your brain into putting down the device.
man gazing at phone

"I wish I could quit you."

Even when it’s silent, your phone is constantly begging for your attention. Maybe you get the urge to see what’s happening on Facebook, even though you just checked 15 minutes ago. Or you feel a phantom vibration in your pocket that turns out to be nothing. Increasingly, our smartphones have become more like appendages we can’t live without. Here’s how to wean yourself off your pocket computer...at least a little bit.

Why we’re so addicted to our phones

Psychologist Larry Rosen, author of , has been studying this phenomenon for a few years. The typical young adult, he says, unlocks their phone more than 70 times per day, checking it for 3

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