Reading takes more effort and attention than mindless scrolling. Don't allow attention-grabbing media to compete with your reading time. Limit your media use to specific times in the day.
When you are weaned from the habit of continually checking in, you'll find it a lot easier to sit and read a book without getting restless.
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