Have you ever succeeded in breaking a bad habit?

Singapore
December 13, 2016 9:01pm CST
So ever since I've gotten a smartphone, my usage of it has definitely gone up a lot. I find myself tapping and tapping and tapping into the wee hours, in the darkness and spoiling my eyesight. It's a habit I'm trying to break but has no success so far. Do you think this is a bad habit and how can i break it (other than locking up my phone and throwing the key away)?
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@marguicha (94832)
• Chile
14 Dec 16
I stopped smoking after 50 years. But I could name a lot of bad habits and addictions I have (including mylotting too much) that I cannot break.
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• Singapore
14 Dec 16
is mylotting a bad habit? only if you are jacking up too much electricity bills lol good achievement you have, stopped smoking, I think it is one of the hardest habit to break.
@1creekgirl (10343)
• United States
14 Dec 16
I once broke a habit/addiction to eating several frozen banana popscicles a day. I'm serious. It sounds silly, but I couldn't stop! Then one day I quit completely and haven't missed them.
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@paigea (22199)
• Canada
14 Dec 16
Eating is a bad habit I still have! But yours does sound funny. lol
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• Singapore
14 Dec 16
I have an addiction to chocolate and I would eat chocolate cookies the whole day long. One pack goes and I would buy them again and again, so I know the feeling. Frozen banana popscicles - don't think I have ever tried these before, but so far I havent managed to quit chocolate.
• United States
14 Dec 16
I have never seen a banana Popsicle, which is good since I don't like banana..
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@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
14 Dec 16
Yes that's a bad habit indeed because you need to sleep . As for me , i have fought it the past weeks . I don't play a game on my phone anymore while in bed and readying to sleep . When it's sleeping time i lay down , pray and sleep even if i toss and turn first .
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• Singapore
14 Dec 16
Good for you! I'm still pretty hooked up to my games, facebook and of course now mylot and I can't sleep thinking of my "unfinished" tasks!
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@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
14 Dec 16
@bluemoonpavilion If i can do it , you can do it . Just think of the unhealthy things that can happen to you when you lack sleep from doing those at night .
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• Singapore
14 Dec 16
@SIMPLYD I have been trying hard for months and months, some nights I succeed when I persuade myself to let go, other nights, especially if I have a lot of caffeine inside me, I can't battle so well. But you are right, if you can do it, I can do it, so let's do it together!
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@jstory07 (67165)
• Roseburg, Oregon
14 Dec 16
The only way to get to know the cell phone is to play with it.
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• Singapore
14 Dec 16
That's my logic too hehe...
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@yukimori (9047)
• United States
14 Dec 16
Start leaving your phone elsewhere when you go to bed. Sometimes the physical separation is enough to do it. Part of the trouble with devices like smartphones is that they emit blue light, which can mess up your body's melanin production and make it harder to fall asleep.
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• Singapore
14 Dec 16
That works for me I think. If it's within easy reach, it's harder to resist. I heard about the blue light and usually I will reduce the brightness at night so that it's less harmful but then that might mean I need to squint.
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
14 Dec 16
I don't think it is a bad habit no especially if what you are doing on it earns you money like being on mylot.
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• Singapore
15 Dec 16
I hope so but money cannot buy health
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
15 Dec 16
@bluemoonpavilion No that is true. I don't think computers or other electronics can hurt our eyes though. I'd be blind by now if that were the case.
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• Singapore
15 Dec 16
@shaggin supposedly the blue light from mobiles are harmful to eyes but maybe it's not a proven fact so far.
• United States
14 Dec 16
I quite smoking 15 years ago after smoking for 40 years.
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• Singapore
15 Dec 16
I haven known so many who tried to quit and unquit so many times. I know it's really diificult, so good job Abby!
• United States
15 Dec 16
@bluemoonpavilion You have to really want to quit smoking - it won't work otherwise.
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• Singapore
19 Dec 16
@AbbyGreenhill Yeah, determination is the key here!
@hereandthere (31110)
• Philippines
14 Dec 16
i can't help because i have the same problem. i used to be content with just reading the newspaper in bed. but with a smartphone, i read the news then the comments, then play games before sleeping!
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• Singapore
15 Dec 16
Heh just like me! It's a serious addiction. So have you tried to cut down or convince yourself to stop?
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• Philippines
15 Dec 16
@bluemoonpavilion not yet. i'm a hopeless case. hahaha!
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• Singapore
16 Dec 16
@hereandthere Never say never
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@ms1864 (6986)
• Bangalore, India
14 Dec 16
I had a bad habit of biting my nails...I manage to stop it. The only way to stop a bad habit is to find something else that matters more. ...like in your case...sleep.
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• Singapore
14 Dec 16
I always have problems sleeping, sometimes I can sleep just 2 hours and still go to work and function as per normal and even for a few days. I'm worried that the bad health will start stacking up and one day collapse on me.
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@ms1864 (6986)
• Bangalore, India
14 Dec 16
@bluemoonpavilion yes...it is a matter of concern. Rest is a way for your body to relax and recharge. It is vital for good health. ...especially on the long run. Hope you find time for it.
• Singapore
14 Dec 16
@ms1864 Eat, sleep, exercise - all are important, so have to find a balance for all these.
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@paigea (22199)
• Canada
14 Dec 16
If it is keeping you up at night, it seems like you would want to break that habit. One habit I finally broke was biting my nails. Good luck to you
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• Singapore
14 Dec 16
I know that one, it's awfully painful. When I was young I had the habit of twisting my hair around the comb and they get so tangled that they have to be cut away and there goes my bangs! I broke the habit after a few incidents of having no bangs.
@paigea (22199)
• Canada
14 Dec 16
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• Singapore
14 Dec 16
@paigea yeah I know it sounds terrible!
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• Philippines
15 Dec 16
I have a very bad habit over the years but I just couldn't break it. As if you have become addicted to it, but I do my best to break it.
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• Singapore
16 Dec 16
Difficult I know....
14 Dec 16
Yes! i cut off my sugar intake and many more to give up in the new year.
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• Singapore
15 Dec 16
Ooh I haven't given up on that one and it's still going strong for me. The good thing is, I have low blood pressure so I still need that level of sugar.
@marlina (73884)
• Canada
14 Dec 16
Bad habit? Yes, but not easy to slow down.
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• Singapore
15 Dec 16
I need brakes yeah?
@Julie555 (2551)
14 Dec 16
It`s sort of addiction,though you will get bored soon
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• Singapore
14 Dec 16
seems like I never get bored, even if I'm bored with one game, I can always download new ones or I can watch youtube which is endless going
@annierose (17692)
• Philippines
15 Dec 16
It is quite difficult to change a habit. I can do it for some days but not every day. I think we need a strict discipline within ourself for us to be successful with our goal.
• Singapore
15 Dec 16
I'm bad with discipline. That's the reason why I couldn't convince myself to rid this habit. Also, it's hard to be consistent. I know some days when I'm good and I can stop but on other days, I feel like I'm on a high-speed train and couldn't just get off.
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@annierose (17692)
• Philippines
16 Dec 16
@bluemoonpavilion I understand what you mean. I do agree with you but you know what? Our biggest enemy is our own self.
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• Singapore
19 Dec 16
@annierose That is so true! It's hard to overcome our own weaknesses.
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@just4him (117186)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Dec 16
I hope you can since it will harm your eyes.
• Singapore
14 Dec 16
yes, I'm really worried I might be blind one day because of this.
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@just4him (117186)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Dec 16
@bluemoonpavilion That's a scary thought.
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• Singapore
15 Dec 16
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@amandajay (18072)
• North Shore, New Zealand
14 Dec 16
Mmm bad habbit... Yes I was addicted to smoking. I could quit
• Singapore
14 Dec 16
I guess it takes time and constant reminders to ourselves to break bad habits.
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@amandajay (18072)
• North Shore, New Zealand
14 Dec 16
@bluemoonpavilion yeah correct
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@Inlemay (16550)
• South Africa
19 Dec 16
YES - the option was - carry on and die
• Singapore
19 Dec 16
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@EddieHands (37845)
• United States
15 Dec 16
One thing you could do it get a hammer and break the phone ! meow I don't think you would want to play with it late night then.
• Singapore
15 Dec 16
I might developed a new habit of breaking stuff with the hammar and get hooked on it
@Liza13 (3)
14 Dec 16
I succeeded to break my smoking habit .
• Singapore
15 Dec 16
That's great. Pls share how long you took and what did you do?