12/03/2016 2:09 AM AEDT

8 Ways Your Smartphone Completely Messes With Your Life

The struggle is real.

Smartphones contain tremendous power. They're pocket encyclopedias, mobile banks, spools of digital thread tying us to friends and family. But smartphones can also seriously mess with your life. 

Excessive use has been tied to sleeplessness, depression and even reduced fertility. It can be both a social crutch and a destroyer of intimacy.

If you feel like you can't live without your handset, here are 8 good reasons to cut back on how much you use it:

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