Do You Spend Too Much Time Staring at Screens? Here’s How to Regain Control

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In this digital age, it’s no surprise that many of us find ourselves spending countless hours glued to screens. Whether it’s for work or leisure, our dependence on digital devices has become a topic of concern. A recent report suggests that the average person spends approximately seven hours a day connected to the internet. This figure is even higher for individuals whose jobs revolve around computer usage.

We live in a world where smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even virtual reality headsets have become an integral part of our lives. Unfortunately, this over-reliance on technology has led to accusations of addiction and warnings about the potential dangers to our physical and mental well-being.

One of the intriguing paradoxes of our time is that we often seek solace in the digital realm to escape the stresses of the physical world. However, this escape can inadvertently expose us to different types of digital and physical stressors.

As a concerned parent, I became aware of the impact my digital lifestyle had on both my work and family. Motivated by my findings, I embarked on personal research, altering my device usage habits. In fact, I went so far as to write a book highlighting the perils of what I call the “digital inferno.”

Only recently have long-term studies been published on this issue, contributing to a growing body of knowledge that cannot be easily dismissed. Collectively, these studies reveal that excessive technology usage can indeed pose problems for us humans.

To be clear, digital devices offer significant advantages in terms of connection, education, and entertainment. The danger arises when our excessive reliance on these devices becomes toxic to our health.

From a personal standpoint, I have experienced symptoms such as eye strain, neck ache, poor sleep, stress, repetitive strain injuries, and impaired hand function as a result of my excessive screen and device usage. Research shows that I am not alone in these struggles.

If any of these symptoms resonate with you or someone you know, or if you feel that too much of your life revolves around screen time, you may find the following advice on regaining control of your technology usage helpful.

  1. Practice consciously setting aside your digital devices. Keep them out of sight and put them away when not in use. Avoid having them in the bedroom and consider using an alarm clock instead of relying on your phone. Removing the temptation to scroll through your phone late at night can significantly improve your sleep. Additionally, make it a habit to focus on one task at a time without the distraction of another screen.
  2. Establish limits on your screen time. Prolonged exposure to screens can lead to headaches. Be mindful of your technology usage and leverage features like voice notes to stay updated on communications without extended screen time.
  3. Minimize digital distractions. Constant interruptions can induce physical and mental stress. Disable notifications and alerts when you need to concentrate fully on a task. Furthermore, keep your phone away from your workspace. Research demonstrates that even having your phone nearby, regardless of whether it’s vibrating or powered off, can hinder your performance.
  4. Schedule dedicated digital-free time. Overexposure to digital devices can contribute to depression and anxiety. It is crucial to disconnect from the digital world for a while. Take a walk in nature, read a book, or engage in activities that don’t involve screens. This break will allow your mind to rejuvenate.
  5. Reduce eye strain. Excessive screen usage can strain our eyes and affect our eyesight. Avoid squinting at tiny screens when tasks can be better accomplished on larger-screen devices, such as laptops. Reduce the blue light emitted by devices and make use of accessibility features. Start by adjusting screen glare and ensure that the volume is set to a comfortable level.
  6. Take control of information overload. Organize your phone, computer, and tablet to enhance efficiency. Certain applications can assist you in managing your life and work more effectively. Time-tracking apps, for instance, provide insights into the amount of time you spend on your screen. Prepare to be astonished! By becoming proactive in our technology usage, we can regain mastery over our digital devices.
  7. Maintain proper posture during digital engagement. Slouching over a phone or hunching over a laptop can harm your neck and back. Sit upright, take regular stretch breaks, and engage in physical exercise without the constant presence of your phone.

By following these seven tips, you can reclaim a sense of control over your digital life. Personally, I have experienced improved sleep and a greater sense of well-being by leaving my phone downstairs and establishing dedicated digital and phone-free times.

It’s time to enjoy the marvels of technology in a more gratifying and mindful manner. Consider yourself a “digital decider” rather than a mere casualty of the digital era.

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcock
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