Do You Need a Digital Detox

How much screen time do you get in one day?  It might surprise you to know that the average adult averages 10 hours and 49 minutes in front of some type of screen.

That’s amazing and hard to believe...or maybe not?  We’re on our computers at work.  We’re checking our phones for email and text messages.  We check-in with Facebook or Instagram … and boom … 10+ hours have been spent on a screen.

Add a Global Pandemic and we’ve got a serious problem.

Here are some screen time statistics

  • The average adult spends 4-5 hours a day on their smartphone.
  • The average adult spends 10 hours and 49 minutes on some type of screen.
  • Screen time has increased by 20-40%% since the Pandemic started.
  • People pick up their phones 58 times per day.
  • 50% of screen time sessions start within 3 minutes of the previous one.
  • One study showed that screen time was up by 100% in children during COVID.

Just a little research shows that health experts just a few years ago were claiming that the average person, at any age, should get only 2 hours of screen time per day!

That statement is almost laughable now…and as more and more children are exposed to screens at earlier ages these numbers continue to rise.  Electronics and screens are part of our lives…but there are some real tangible and negative effects of too much screen time.

They include:

  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Obesity
  • Sleep problems
  • Attention problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Vision issues
  • Loss of social connections

What can you do? How can you protect your health and enjoy the fruits of this technology revolution we are all going through?

How about trying a mini-Digital Detox in 2021?

5 Ways To Fit a Mini Digital Detox into Your Day

In this article written by Isabella Ward from “Time To Log Off,” she gives you five ways to reduce your screen time in 2021.

  1. Don’t go on your phone immediately after you wake up
  2. Use the 20-20-20 technique (details in the link below)
  3. Use a screen time blocker
  4. Keep food and tech apart
  5. Schedule an off-screen hour every day

Our screens are not going away, but being very aware of how much time we spend on them is important…and knowing how to monitor and reduce screen time is a very important skill to acquire.  There are little things you can do every day to protect your health and well-being from the negative effects of too much screen time.

Please read the full article to get more ideas on how to protect you and your children, go to this link:

5 Ways To Fit a Mini Digital Detox Into Your Day