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Look up!

We spend so much time each day looking down on our smartphones, we need to look up!

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No Phone Zone Facebook page was recently tagged in a link to a music video by Swedish YouTube duo, Go Royal.

Go Royal have a series of catchy songs, all of which promote positive messages.

“there’s more to be seen than your screen, so look up”

Their most recent song, ‘Look up!’ details our constant smartphone use and our reliance on smartphones, which can often cause us to miss out on important events and face-to-face conversations with family and friends.

 

“i’m out eating burgers with the guys, theres the same amount of phones on the table as fries”

So, listen to the song and most importantly, create a no phone zone in your home and ‘Look up!’ from your smartphone.

Using a No Phone Zone bag at meal times eliminates distraction from smartphones and allows you to focus on face-to-face conversations with your family and friends.

Video: Go Royal Youtube

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Instagram ranked ‘worst for young people’s mental health’ 

Are you ever concerned about young people’s mental health? Do you ever consider the link between smartphones and mental health?
A report by the Royal Society for Public Health found that instagram is the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people’s mental health. As reported by this BBC article.

The RSPH joined the YHM (Young Health Movement) to conduct the #statusofmind survey. This examined the positive and negative side effects of social media on young people’s mental health.

The poll asked 1,479 young people (aged 14-24) to rank apps and their relation to issues such as depression, sleep hygiene, loneliness, anxiety, body image and bullying.

The results revealed YouTube to be the most positive on young people’s mental health, but Instagram to be the most negative.

The rsph report concluded that ‘social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis” in young people.

Can social media be used to help young people’s mental health?

The report called for measures to be put in place to allow social media to help with mental health issues, not hinder them. The recommendations included: The introduction of a pop-up heavy usage warning on social media and social media platforms to highlight when images have been digitally manipulated.

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Should teenagers sleep with their phone in their room?

Studies show that teenagers need around 9 and a half hours sleep per night. Yet most are getting much less, going to sleep around 12pm and waking up around 7.30 am for school.

Smartphone use at night time only makes matters worse, with smartphones ‘blue-light’ technology suppressing melatonin (the sleep hormone) and disrupting the circadian rhythm.

In the short run, a lack of sleep can disrupt a teenagers circadian rhythm. Yet long term, a lack of sleep can lead to sickness, headaches, increased anxiety and decreased productivity. A study from the Journal of Sleep also found that teenagers who go to bed after midnight are more likely to suffer from depression than those who are in bed by 10pm.

Even having your smartphone on silent during the night disrupts your deep (or restorative) sleep, with surveys revealing that 45% of teenagers check their mobile phones during the night.

This article from Circle explains more how teenagers sleep is affected by smartphone use, and how to manage screen time.

“I think high school is the real danger spot in terms of sleep deprivation,” William Dement, MD, PhD, founder of the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic

So, should teenagers sleep with their phone in their room?

No.

Why not try placing a No Phone Zone bag on the back of your children’s or teenagers door to avoid this, enabling them to have much deeper sleep and increasing their productivity. Why not try this your self to set a good example?

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Are you concerned about your child’s online safety?

Are you aware of what apps are on your children’s phones or tablets? Recent news has warned about the Yellow app and its potential harm to children. This article from The Irish Times warns about the Yellow app, which has been dubbed “tinder for kids” and a potential “free-for-all for sexual predators”. You can sign in with no age checks and search for children as young as 13!

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What is the Yellow app?

The Yellow app is a new friendship app supposedly aimed at teenagers aged 17 and over. Promoted by its developers as an app ‘to make amazing new friends!’. Yet the Yellow app is proving its potential danger to children as there are no age restrictions or verification methods for your claimed age. You can sign in in less than a minute and specify your interest in meeting new people who are as young as 13!

Is it really like tinder for kids?

Users are asked to specify their age, gender, location and whether they would like to meet males, females or both. They are then asked to add a profile photo and just like tinder, they swipe left or right depending on whether they would like to chat with a user.

To make matters worse, the app has been found to have been used for the exchange of sexually explicit photographs and was described by some Irish teenagers to the Irish Times as “all about sex”.

“Vulnerable children could be induced into serious risk-taking, the consequences of which could be very profound. We don’t know where the people are they are interacting with.” The Irish Times

Ensure you’re children are safe online by monitoring their screen time and the apps on their phones or tablets.

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What price do you put on your own and your children’s mental health? http://www.nophonezone.co.uk/mental-health/sleep-disturbance-mental-health/ http://www.nophonezone.co.uk/mental-health/sleep-disturbance-mental-health/#respond Sun, 02 Apr 2017 11:01:17 +0000 http://nophonezone.co.uk/?p=1406 The post What price do you put on your own and your children’s mental health? appeared first on No Phone Zone.

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Is there a link between sleep disturbance and mental health?

We know that sleep is disturbed in mental health disorders and depression, as depression often leads to insomnia. But can sleep disturbance be the cause of these issues?

Insomnia has long been linked to depression. With the assumption that you become depressed first, and your sleep is negatively effected as a consequence.

Yet, there is also evidence that sleep disturbance can be the cause of mental health disorders in young adults. This article in the independent discusses these links and revealed that adults with insomnia were more likely than others to have suffered from anxiety and depression earlier in their lives.

Can you relate? Think of how you feel after a bad nights sleep – emotional? irritable?
Research has also revealed that our ability to regulate our emotions is decreased after a bad nights sleep.

So what price do you put on yours and your child’s mental health?

Are you ready to take action to get a better nights sleep and improve your sleep hygiene in the long run? Try putting your phone in a No Phone Zone bag at night to remove the distraction of your smartphone and to focus on getting good sleep.

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Cyberbullying

A social media anonymous chat app ‘simsimi’ that has been linked to cyberbullying has temporarily removed access to users in the republic of ireland, the irish times reports.

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This follows a wave of criticism from students, parents and education authorities.

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Half of teenagers feel addicted to their smartphone! http://www.nophonezone.co.uk/uncategorized/teenagers-parents-smartphone-addiction/ http://www.nophonezone.co.uk/uncategorized/teenagers-parents-smartphone-addiction/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:33:42 +0000 http://nophonezone.co.uk/?p=1375 The post Half of teenagers feel addicted to their smartphone! appeared first on No Phone Zone.

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Are teenagers addicted to their smartphones?

 

This report by common sense media from 2016 highlights that 50% of teens and 27% of parents feel they’re addicted to their smartphones! The report also found that 59% of parents felt that their teenagers were addicted to their smartphones

Yet, the report clearly highlights that smartphone addiction is not solely affecting teenagers. The findings from Common Sense Media shows that teenager’s are increasingly being affected by their parents smartphone use.

  It was found that 28% of teens felt that their parents were addicted to their smartphones and 41% of teens also feel that their parents get distracted by their devices and don’t pay attention when they’re together.

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How often does your teenager check their phone?

It was found that nearly 80% of teens check their phones hourly and 72% feel the need to respond immediately to messages. Yet despite the acknowledgement of overuse, only 1/3 of teens admit they occasionally try to cut down on their use.

Is this smartphone overuse causing problems in family life?

Yes. According to the report, 77% of parents felt their their teens were constantly distracted by their smartphones. In addition to this, 36% percent of parents said they argued with their child daily about their smartphone use.

In an attempt to control smartphone use, many families ban mobile phones from the dinner table. Yet when it comes to breaking the rule, 36% of teenagers admit that they are more likely to break the rule. But 32% claim that their parents are more likely!

Does smartphone use ever cause conflicts within your family life? If so, try a No Phone Zone bag to cut down, especially at important times for family, health and sleep hygiene, such as dinner times and night time.

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What is behavioural addiction?

 

Dr Mark Griffins is a chartered psychologist and professor of behavioural addiction at Nottingham Trent University. He has spent almost 30 years researching video games and gambling and believes that addiction does not necessarily have to be related to drugs. He defines behavioural addiction as:

“The loss of ability to choose freely whether to stop or continue the behaviour and the experience of behaviour-related adverse consequences”.

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“The person becomes unable to reliably predict when the behaviour will occur, how long it will go on, when it will stop, or what other behaviours may become associated with the addictive behaviour. as a consequence, other activities are given up or, if continued, are no longer experienced as being enjoyable as they once were. Further negative consequences of the addictive behaviour may include interference with performance of life roles (e.g. job, social activities or hobbies) and impairment of social relationships….”

Behavioural addiction and smartphones

 

Does this sound familiar? Behavioural addiction can easily be related to how we use and feel about our smartphones and how dependant we have become of them! This post written by Mark Griffiths describes the six components of addiction and how they can be related to smartphone and internet use, video games and gambling:

Salience: when the activity becomes the single most important activity in the person’s life.
Mood modification: The subjective experiences of the person as a result of the activity e.g. a ‘buzz’ or ‘high’ or a feeling of ‘escape’ – similarly to how many feel after a successful Instagram post!
Tolerance: Increasing amounts of the activity are needed to reach the modifying effects.
Withdrawal symptoms: Physical effects e.g. shakes, irritability, moodiness when the person is unable to engage in the activity. Does this ring true when you’re unable to use your phone or when the wifi fails?
Conflict: Between the person and the people around them (interpersonal relationships), conflicts with other activities (e.g. work, social life), or within the individual (subjective feelings of loss of control).
Relapse: The tendency for repeated reversions to earlier patterns of excessive engagement in the activity to occur.

Is your smartphone use turning into behavioural addiction? Try a No Phone Zone bag to limit your smartphone use at key times such as night time and meal times.

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Do you want an extra 11 years?

How much time a day do you spend on your mobile phone? Do you ever feel concerned about yours, your children’s, or your friends and families smartphone use?

Young adults have been found to use their mobile phones for an average of 5 hours a day. This article from the Huffington Post explains that we spend more time on our smartphones than we think. This indicates that a lot of our smartphone use is habitual, automatic behaviours that we have no awareness of.

23 young adults participated in a study and were asked to estimate how many times they checked their phones in a day. The participants were revealed to have checked their phones up to 85 times in a day, almost double their estimations!

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How much is your smartphone use adding up?

“On average, approaching one third of people’s waking hours are spent using them, with phones being used on average five times an hour, every waking hour”

Dr Richard House, psychologist

All your smartphone use adds up. If you spend between 3 and 4 hours on your phone each day, each month you will have spent about 100 hours on your phone. Over the average lifetime, that amounts to 11 years!

Smartphone use can impair attention, productivity and memory, decrease creative thinking, increase stress levels and reduce sleep quality. Apps such as Moment track your smartphone use for you.

So, Do you want an extra 11 years?

If you are concerned about yours, or your children’s smartphone use, if you believe that the smartphone use is heavy and potentially problematic and feel like it could be having negative impacts try a No Phone Zone bag to limit your usage!

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Are we addicted to our smartphones?

Tristan Harris is a former design ethicist at google. He has written and spoken widely about how tech companies can encourage us to become addicted to e-technology. He notes how we spend so much of our time using technology: checking emails, checking social media. But could we stop this at any moment? Or are we addicted to our smartphones?

In his recent TED Talk ‘How better tech could protect us from distraction’, Harris remarks that the average person checks their smartphone up to 150 times a day! 

Our addiction with technology and smartphones has got to a point where we’re either distracted by them or have FOMO (fear of missing out) for switching off.

“I find myself in a situation like this, where I check my email and I pull down to refresh, But the thing is that 60 seconds later, I’ll pull down to refresh again. Why am I doing this? This doesn’t make any sense.”  Tristan Harris

Can you relate?

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Research from Microsoft has also found that every time we interrupt each other with a text or email, it takes 23 minutes for us to regain concentration. In addition to this, research has shown that this trains bad habits. The more interruptions we get externally, its training us to interrupt ourselves.

“There are a thousand people the other side of the screen whose job it is to break down the self-regulation you have”

Prevent your phone from distracting you and disturbing your sleep by placing it in a No Phone Zone bag.

 

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