Your phone is stressing you out. Turn off your notifications.

Your phone is stressing you out. Turn off your notifications.
Notifications are stressful. Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock
Notifications are stressful. Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock

You spend too much time looking at your phone. It’s bad for your neck and your mental health.

I used to look at my phone approximately 1 million times a day. Then I made one tiny little adjustment and it made me just a little less stressed. I turned off notifications for every single app on my phone except for calls and texts. I look at my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter a few times a day, but I do it on my terms, not when my phone tells me to.

Don’t let your phone control you.

In an average day — or a day off work, for those who have jobs — 65% of American adults surveyed by the American Psychological Association say they often or constantly check their personal email, 52% often or constantly check their texts and 44% say they often or constantly check social media accounts. People who said they constantly check their phone were more likely to say technology makes them feel disconnected from their family and to worry that social media has a negative effect on their mental health.

I’m not the only one calling for the end of notifications. Wired just published a story about it, too.

It takes less than a minute to turn off your notifications. Here’s how to do it:

First, go to your Settings and hit Notifications.

Go to Notifications in your Settings
Go to Notifications in your Settings Alexis Kleinman/Mic

Then choose the app you want to stop getting notifications from. I chose Facebook.

Choose your app.
Choose your app. Alexis Kleinman/Mic

Tap the little toggle next to “Allow Notifications.”

Stop allowing notifications.
Stop allowing notifications. Alexis Kleinman/Mic

Once your notifications are are off, you should see this:

Bye bye, notifications.
Bye bye, notifications. Alexis Kleinman/Mic

Then you can repeat for as many apps as you want. Congratulations! You’re on your way to a less stressful mobile life.

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