Cell Phone Addiction

How many times did you check your phone today? If you’re anything like the writer of this New York Times article (and most other humans!) then it’s a LOT.

Do you find yourself desperately snatching to connect to the wifi when the subway briefly stops at a station? Do you start your day at the mercy of Facebook algorithms that set the tone for the rest of your day? Do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media and never giving your full attention to anything else: loved ones, meals, your favorite shows? Do you feel like you have no space or time to yourself? Are you lost in a digital world that feels unhealthy and empty?

Our brains are set up to get a dopamine hit whenever we get a notification or interact. We are also hardwired to want to connect with others and get temporary satisfaction from this. In fact it is argued that all addictions stem from a need to connect and difficulties doing so. It lulls us into a false sense of productivity and we have such busy lives that we snatch our news, our articles on hobbies, or conduct administrative tasks whenever we can.

Do you find your mood is affected by the quality and number of likes for your latest selfie or caring about how your life appears more than how it is?

We are all susceptible to this. But we don’t have to be slaves. We can use our phones mindfully, as a tool and reclaim mindless time for ourselves. Engaging on our own terms.

Hypnosis can help, whether you simply want to break the habit, or go deeper and gain insight, replacing your habit with something more enriching. This is ideally done in person. We offer sessions in a number of locations in New York City. If you have difficulty leaving the house for any reason, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate a home visit.