Have you found yourself increasingly concerned about how much time you spend staring into your phone, laptop, or other device?
If so, you’re certainly not alone.
Modern life means that we’re more digitally connected than ever before, and during the pandemic, more and more people reported an increased use of technology.
Sometimes, of course, there are benefits. Catching up with friends via Zoom can provide meaningful social interaction when it’s not possible to meet up face-to-face, and there is a wealth of knowledge right at our fingertips, that we can tap into at any time.
But we all know that too much screen time can be problematic. It can impact everything from our eyesight, to our sleep quality, to our mental health, and if you know that yours is getting a little out of hand, it might be time to take some action to rectify that.
1. Install an app to track how much time you’re spending on your device
If you were asked to guess how much time you were spending online, how truthful do you really think you’d be? So many of us would be tempted to underestimate, and some might not even realise just how much time they’re spending with their devices in hand!
There are apps available now that will monitor your usage each day and provide you with a weekly report. Being faced with the reality of the situation could help you to be more mindful, and take active steps towards making positive change.
2. Try a new hobby
There are so many offline hobbies that you could explore, that will keep you busy!
Perhaps there’s a book you want to read. Maybe you’ve always fancied trying cross stitch. Or maybe your bike has been gathering dust for too long, and it’s time to take it out for a ride.
Actively deciding that you’re going to put your time to good use can make the world of difference.
3. Do your shopping in the real world
When’s the last time you visited a physical store to purchase something you needed?
We’re so used to logging in when we need anything, from food to a new pair of trainers. Getting out and about can provide you with a change of scenery though, increase your social interactions, and it could even help you to keep a closer eye on your budget and your spending habits. It all feels a bit more real when you have to hand the money over to the checkout assistant!
Even if it’s just for a month, commit to no online spending. You might be surprised by just how much you learn along the way.
How has the pandemic impacted how much you use your devices? Have you considered trying to take a break? It can be a challenge, but it can definitely be worth the effort.