The average smartphone users spend 3-4 HOURS each day looking at their phones.

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Experts recommend setting a goal of keeping phone usage at a maximum of 1-2 hours each day.

Byte Author Uploaded ImageThere is more to your life than waiting for your next text or notification!

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Screens May Cause Physical Harm

Wait, actual physical harm? How?

Eye strain

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Trouble sleeping

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Lack of focus or confusion

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Anxiety

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Social Consequences

The less you communicate face-to-face, the more difficult social interactions can become.

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This lack of social awareness may also lead you to inaccurately interpret:

  • the meaning behind messages

  • a slow response to a message

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Do You Want To Spend Your Life On Your Phone?

Consider these two scenarios:

All of us could benefit from reducing our screen time... and living life!

The first step in making a change is noticing that a change needs to be made.

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Set Your Boundaries

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Healthy boundaries could include:

  • no phones in bed

  • no phones while eating

  • spending time each day doing a non-screen hobby

  • going outside

  • turning on music through speakers as you get chores done around the house

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Quiz

When you feel the urge to pull out your phone and use it aimlessly, what could you do instead?

Close your eyes and breathe

Talk to someone on a non-video call

Go for a walk

All of these

Summary

Make sure you aren't missing out - put the screen down and connect with real life around you!

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This week challenge yourself to:

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Heather Savage-Scott

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