Survival in the age of ‘always on’ – Better Buy Insurance’s ten-point guide

Mobile phone insurance provider Better Buy Insurance has teamed up with a leading addiction expert to produce a guide for survival in the age of ‘always on’.

‘Always on’ refers to the phenomenon of feeling constantly contactable, and the anxiety many feel as a result when they are without their phone.

The guide has been produced with Dr Mark Griffiths, who is a psychologist and Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction at Nottingham Trent University.

  1. Don’t go cold turkey

Griffiths says: “Start by proving to yourself that you can go 15 minutes without your phone. Over time, increase the length of time without checking some of your favourite apps until you get into a daily habit of being able to spend a few hours without the need to check your phone.

  1. Set aside daily periods of self-imposed non-screen time

“Meal times and bedtime are a good starting place – in fact, these rooms should be made technology-free. Another strategy to try is having a technology-free day at the weekends.

  1. Only respond to emails and texts at specific times of the day

“Looking at emails just three times a day – perhaps at 9am, 1pm and 4pm – will save lots of time in the long run. Turning off email and social media, disabling push notifications, or simply putting your phone on silent will also reduce the urge to constantly check mobile devices.

  1. Keep your phone only partially charged up

“This means users have to be sparing when checking their mobile devices.

  1. Use a proper alarm clock

“By using a standard alarm clock to wake you in the morning, you will avoid the temptation to look at emails and texts just as you are about to go to sleep or just as you wake up – or in the middle of the night if you are a workaholic!

  1. Wear a wristwatch

“Many people check the time using the phone, but this can also lead to noticing a text, email or Tweet. By using an old-fashioned wristwatch – not a smart watch! – the urge to reply to messages will decrease.

  1. Engage in activities where it is impossible or frowned upon to use your phone

“Engage in digitally-incompatible activities where it is impossible to access your phone simultaneously, like jogging, swimming, meditation, outdoor walks in wi-fi free areas, or going to places where technology is frowned upon, like places of worship or yoga classes. In social situations, you could even turn people’s need to check their phones into a game. At the pub, the first one to check their phone has to buy the next round!

  1. Reduce your contact lists

“Reduce your number of Facebook friends, stop following irrelevant blogs, delete unused apps and unsubscribe from online groups that have few benefits.

  1. Tell your work colleagues and friends

“Checking emails and texts can become an almost compulsive behaviour because of what psychologists have termed ‘FOMO’ (fear of missing out). But by telling everyone you know that you will not be online for a few hours, they will be less likely to contact you in the first place and you will be less likely check for messages.

  1. Fill the void

“You must replace the activity of checking your phone with something that is either physically, psychologically or spiritually rewarding. When I’m on holiday, I catch up on all the novels that I’ve been meaning to read. In shorter spaces of time, I doodle, write ‘to do’ lists, generate ideas to write about, or simply do nothing and be mindful and aware of the present moment). In short, try to be productive – or unproductive – without having to resort to technology.”

Dixons Carphone profit worries

The mobile phone retailer Dixons Carphone is under pressure to close some of its stores as the city fears a sharp reduction in profits when the company gives an update later this month.

The share price has already fallen from over £3.50 12 months ago to just £1.67 today. There was a profit warning back in August when Dixons Carphone revealed that customers were hanging on to their mobile phones longer before upgrading to the latest models.

Risk that stores may close

City analysts reckon that pre-tax profits could be as low as £63m down massively from £144m a year ago. This is why that some are suggesting that the company might have to look closely at its model which might mean some stores need to close.

Reports suggest that the Apple iPhone 8 launch was disappointing for Apple and for other mobile phone retailers like Dixons Carphone. Luckily the more expensive iPhone X, despite its eye watering price tag, is selling really well so maybe this will be a bit of good news when Dixons Carphone give their next update to shareholders.

For readers interested in buying the Apple iPhone X, the 64gb model is £999 and the 256gb model is £1149. It’s the sort of phone that might make you think about insurance!

Buying an iPhone X from Dixons Carphone?

At Dixons Carphone insurance will cost you £15.99 a month or £179.99 a year.

Here at Better Buy Insurance it’s only £8.49 a month or £89.99 a year.

We are so confident in our pricing at Better Buy Insurance that not only do we offer a BEST PRICE GUARANTEED on the iPhone X, we also offer it for all other makes and models of mobile phones. For further details about our BEST PRICE GUARANTEED please visit the website.

Get an iPhone insurance quote now!

Better Buy nominated for ‘Best Gadget Insurance Provider’

Better Buy Insurance nominated for ‘Best Gadget Insurance Provider’ in the Insurance Choice Awards 2016.

Here at Better Buy Insurance we are delighted to announce that we’ve been nominated in the “Best Gadget Insurance Provider” category in the 2016 Insurance Choice Awards. It’s a pleasure to be nominated but we need your help to win.

How to vote for us

To vote for us, simply click here and share a quick review! It takes about two minutes, and you could win one of 6 x £100 prizes for your time! It also gives us really useful feedback which we use to make improvements to our products, our pricing and our website.

 Voting closes on the 28th October.

About the Insurance Choice Awards

The Insurance Choice Awards have been launched to help consumers find the best insurance companies on the market. These are the only insurance awards in the UK decided by YOU, real customers, and not ‘industry experts’, so only YOU can decide who wins.

Smart Money People, who run the awards, are the UK’s leading independent review platform for financial institutions. Mike Fotis, founder of Smart Money People said: “It’s our mission to help consumers find the best products and providers on the market. There are hundreds of insurance companies in the UK, and customers often tell us that on the whole they are less happy with their insurers than their banks, so the Insurance Choice Awards is setting out to find out what customers really think about their insurers, and to help us find the best insurance providers.”