Technology has become an intricate part of our everyday lives. We use our phones to communicate, entertain, and learn. Our phones are like a one-stop-shop for everything we need. But it cannot possibly be healthy to stare at our phones for hours on end.
In an article written by reidhealth.com, they determined that two hours of screen time outside of work was healthy. Shockingly, this same article says that average adults spent at least 19 hours on their phones during the pandemic. At this point, our phones are in our hands more than they are on our hips.
What can being on your phone for an extended amount of time do to you?
Well, an elevated screen time can cause some of the following:
- Eye strain
- Lack of confidence during in-person interactions/socializations
- Reduced physical activity
- Body aches
- Addictive behaviors
There must be a way to have a healthy balance. There is. Find an activity to do off of your phone. This can be going bowling with your friends on Friday nights, reading a book, or picking up a hobby. Reducing screen time can have a lot of positive benefits such as:
- Increased productivity
- Increased focus
- Reduced stress
- Better quality of sleep
Anything in excess is unhealthy while intaking things in moderation is the best way to enjoy them. So, limit your phone time and enjoy the world around you.
One thought on “Why you should decrease your screen time”
Hi Gab! I really enjoyed how you found a topic that is relevant to not just society but more specifically our age group/generation. Unfortunately, a lot of apps have marketed their designs and layout to be addicting, promoting longer screen times. And it is with no surprise that with the pandemic, these screen times have soared, and since we are still battling COVID-19, it is something that can still be in effect. I like how you added how screens can be negative towards our health and how we can fix these things. I think it is important to highlight not just the positives but also the negatives of technology on our health, great post!