Nowadays it is hard to imagine our everyday life without our smartphone as a digital companion and helper. The same applies to various apps as well. Above all WhatsApp. There's no denying that applications like WhatsApp have changed our social lives, affecting us positively and negatively every day.
A negative side effect is above all the stress caused by constant communication can arise for oneself and one's fellow men.
Stress factor WhatsApp
Do you know the following situation?
- While having coffee with your best friend, you keep looking at your mobile phone and interrupt the conversation.
- You feel bad if you can't answer your mobile phone or don't respond directly to a message.
- Even in the car you answer your mobile phone and write messages.
- Your mobile phone is your constant companion. Even at home on the toilet.
- When visiting friends, the first thing you ask for is the WLAN password.
- No reception on your mobile phone makes you restless and nervous.
If so, a WhatsApp or Smartphone Timeout first make you aware of how much your smartphone controls you and then help you reduce WhatsApp stress.
Mistaken belief "I'm missing something"
People who constantly look at their smartphone are often afraid of missing something (Fear of missing out - FOMO) or to lose the overview. If you are offline for a few hours, the result on your mobile phone often looks like this: Countless unanswered messages, supposedly important unread information in various group chats and pictures and voice messages that have not yet been commented on. But can one really speak of "missing" here?
This question can best be answered by a self-experiment. Consciously try to take a WhatsApp time-out every now and then and then evaluate which information was really important and urgent while processing the messages. It is not uncommon for many things to resolve themselves without your intervention. Not only has the time off brought you less stress and more peace and quiet, but perhaps some situations have resolved themselves.
As with many things in life that require a certain amount of self-motivation, you are often more successful together. This makes it easier to arrange a WhatsApp time-out with your roommate, partner, work colleague or best friend. Such time off can also be good for your relationship 😉