When it comes to how people treat their smartphones these days, there’s a dramatic difference between using the device like a tool that makes life easier and viewing it as a fifth appendage or your lover (with whom you shared the bed or your dinner).
By the end of 2012, China had already become the country with the most mobile phone users worldwide, the number of users in China being equivalent to the sum of users in all European countries combined.
In February 2015, about 1.29 billion mobile users had been registered in China. On top of that, 86% of Chinese population are using smartphones and the average person has 2 phones.
What makes us want to have a cellular so badly? Well, of course the convenience it brings. Think about an average day in your life and how often we rely on the technology. The very first thing we do is waking up with the alarm on our phone, using WeChat at work, reading post/articles on a way back home, sending funny stickers or videos to our friends, killing time by playing games, booking a taxi, finding how to get to a certain location, paying for groceries using WeChat or Alipay. The list goes on and on depending on personal preferences. But do we really need it in all aspects of our life? Don’t smartphone cause complications in human relations and make us “less present at the moment” sometimes? Certainly yes.
According to a 2011 study published in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, people aren't addicted to smartphones themselves as much as they are addicted to "checking habits" that develop with phone use - including repeatedly (and very quickly) checking for news updates, emails, or social media connections (anybody heard about WeChat?).
A day's typical user journey map.
8:00am Approaching company
The study also found that certain environmental stimulation - like being bored or listening to a lecture - trigger the habits.
And while the average user checks his or her smartphone 35 times a day for about 30 seconds each time, when the information rewards are greater users check even more often.
As we carry our devices with us, it creates an environment of almost constant interruptions and distractions, diminishing our ability to concentrate, contemplate, reflect or simply being alone with our thoughts.
Let s take a closer look to users in China:
(Statistics on how many times a day WeChat users open the application)
Of course it doesn’t mean that we should immediately get rid of surrounding technology and close ourselves in, but taking control over compulsive checking stuff on our phones could be a good idea.
Similarly to our Live a day (comfortably) with 105RMB in Shanghai guide, we decided to take the bull by the horns and spend a weekend day without using the phone at all.
Instead of using a cellphone as an alarm, which might cause you to immediately check your WeChat moments, Weibo,Instagram, Facebook or any other social media app; you can invest in traditional alarm clock. It will cost you ¥20 or less.
使用手机闹铃，可能会导致你立刻查看微信朋友圈，微博，Instagram, Facebook 或其它的社交软件。或者你可以花少量的钱买一个传统的闹钟。这只会花费你20元或者更少。
If you happen to have a backyard, a rooster will ensure you will wake up and stay sharp in the morning. Since we don’t have a backyard, we just went for an alarm clock.
Online listings and articles surely will bring a wide scope of what’s going on in town, but most of them also have “offline” magazines.
Some of them come for free (in restaurants, bars etc.), for some you have to pay, but it’s another reason to get out of the apartment and take a walk to nearest convenience store or newsstand and enjoy the day.
You could shoot two birds with one stone and enjoy your breakfast or brunch while discovering the possibilities.
Meeting with your friends
Once you have an idea of what to do, take a stroll or bike to your friends place to see if they would like to join you. After all, everything is more fun with a good company.
If you don’t know how to get somewhere, you can try to ask people for directions and practice your Chinese. If you don’t know a word in Chinese, check out this amazing app, it’s called
… oh. Wait. You don't have a phone…Getting a map (available in all the metro stations and in some restaurants) could be an option to discover the city more if you don’t speak mandarin and also a motivation to challenge yourself in making an effort to learn it.
Taking quality pictures with phones become extremely easy with the technology stack in brand new smartphones.
In fact, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013 was “Selfie”… Some of us become even obsessed with selfies. But let’s not forget the real art of photography. Investing in a camera could be a nice way of getting into new hobby and learning a useful skill.
San Mao once said: "reading more books, can change the appearance naturally. Most of the time, you might think that what you have read have become ephemeral, no longer in the memory. In fact, they are still potential temperament, in conversation, in the mind of the infinite, of course, may also appear in the life and letters."
In the days of waiting, study hard, exercise, be a humbleness man, have deep roots, then can with blooming branches and leaves in the future.
the feeling of different life,
It is better to travel ten thousand miles
than to read ten thousand books.
Face is born, body can be built.
Fitness is the most beautiful thing
if reading is "beautify the mind",
then fitness is "beautify the body".
Every day doing nothing, eventhough,
can not feel it a little easier,
it is better to go exercise!
reading can enhance the meaning of a person
Travel can enrich one's experience
Fitness can shape a person's body
But the yoga can enrich your whole life.
General tips on managing your
Be conscious of the situations and emotions that make you want to check your phone. Is it boredom? Loneliness? Anxiety? Maybe something else would soothe you.
Be disciplined about not using your device in certain situations (such as when you're with friends, driving, or in a meeting) or create no-phone time zones.
Be resistant to urge of checking your phone after each “beep”, especially if you are in a company of someone (it’s still a bit rude to check your phone). Chances are that it’s just an unimportant notification.
smartphone better… smartly
Our mobile phones definitely become a kind of necessity or a useful tool making our life simpler, improving the ways of communications and allowing us to achieve more at work. But controlling the impulses of checking it compulsively will help you to be more concentrated, aware of our surroundings and become more relaxed.