Before you can get to the end of this sentence, you’ll probably look at, touch, or at least think about checking your phone. That is, if you’re not already reading this story on it to begin with. You don’t need stats to know just about everyone is glued to the screens in their pockets these days, but here they are anyway: According to the Pew Research Center, 92 percent of American adults have a cell phone, and 90 percent of those cell phone owners say the gadget is frequently by their side. Almost a third say they never, ever turn their phones off. Yes, technology is groundbreaking and revolutionary and has transformed many of our occupations and industries and lives. But in other ways it’s also made us seriously anxious, less productive, and endlessly distracted, even if we hate to admit it. Here are four ways your phone makes you freak out, and how to take back control before you smash it into little pieces.
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