Think about the times your cell phone has gotten you in trouble: Maybe your partner always gets cranky when you play on your phone at the dinner table. Or maybe you’ve been busted texting at work when you should be doing something else. Make note of any patterns, and then vow to stop using your cell phone during those times, James Roberts, Ph.D., tells BuzzFeed Life. Roberts has studied cell phone use in college students, so he has a good sense of just how significant the issue can be.
An obvious tip (that more people ignore than you’d realize): The best way to avoid cell phone-related conflict is to just put your phone away where you can’t see it or hear it during those high-conflict times. “It’s easier to avoid temptation than to resist it,” Roberts says.

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