Dear Bruno: Are you a doctor on call? A parent whose kid is outside? If not – put your phone in another room and turn it to silent!…. When you’ve finished your studies, maybe you’ll be *important* enough to need to be reached at all times…. Do you think I’d be able to learn a new trick with squirrels running around?
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Our smartphones bring us a lot of convenience, fun, and connection to the world. But they can also be a source of stress. This is especially true when they distract us from doing what we need to do to reach our goals. Cell phones can also pose some health risks, so it’s a good idea in general not to have them near or on your body at all times.
Everyone faces this phone addiction problem, and adults are not better at resisting it than children or young adults — so no judgement here. Most of us just don’t have the self control, so putting your phone on silent and in another room is often the only way to prevent it from causing you trouble studying.
Dear Mishu’s answer to Bruno focuses on the unique situation of most students — that they haven’t yet done anything in life that requires them to be “on call” at all times. That’s why they’re studying in the first place!
The truth is, the only people who really need to be on call are doctors who are actually on call, high ranking government or military officials, or people who caregivers and need to be reachable at all times. Most students don’t fall into any of those categories, so they can easily afford to be disconnected from their phones for a few hours.
Good luck, Bruno, and all of us!
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