Over the pandemic, our electronic devices have been more important when it comes to working, entertainment and keeping in touch with those important to us. In fact, studies have reported that half of the adult population (50%) report looking at their screens for a combined total of 11 hours per day. ¹
But with research suggesting excess screen use can interfere with sleep, exercise, and personal interaction² – just what are some ways you can reduce time spent on your screen? To help, experts at Ebuyer have provided seven tips on cutting down screen time to boost your wellbeing
1. Keep track of your screen time
If you’ve felt a pang of shame when the notification comes through with your screen usage, it may be a good idea to start tracking how much time you spend on your devices. By doing so, you can see which apps or devices exceed a healthy limit and be more conscious of reducing usage over time.
Take back control of your screen time by limiting how much time you are spending in front of the screen for something other than work or school and replace any unnecessary usage with non-screen activities, such as going out for a walk or a hike.
2. Use helpful phone features
When it comes to mobile screen-time both iOS and Android have a series of apps that have more features and settings than the built-in ones. From apps that track how long you are “in the moment” of your everyday life, to apps that offer virtual reward systems.
For example, Moment gives you daily coaching on simple habit tweaks to improve your everyday wellbeing, whereas Freedom allows you to create blocklists and schedule time away from the apps that may be distracting. Digital detoxing doesn’t have to be difficult!
3. Keep moving
Often if you work from home that lack of morning commute to work or lunchtime stroll to a local café can really take its toll on our daily exercise! Therefore, it’s essential to schedule times in the day where you can get moving – whether that’s a lunchtime yoga break or a morning walk before hitting the desk.
Always, make sure to take regular hourly breaks away from your devices, whether that’s to make a coffee or spend some time in the fresh air. This can really help with re-charging and motivating throughout the day!
4. Don’t eat at your screen
It’s all too easy to grab some lunch with a side of checking your emails or scrolling through TikTok content. Even when the workday is over many of us find ourselves settling down to eat while we watch the latest Netflix series or power through a gaming session.
Designating eating to the table encourages us to spend time away from our devices and increases the quality time we spend with friends and family. For that extra bit of motivation perhaps invest in some new tableware or crockery.
5. Reduce your screen time before bed
Studies have shown that the harsh glare of electronic screens can interfere with our sleep. ¹ So, in setting an hour before your bedtime to be a strictly no screen zone, can really improve the quality of sleep.
In the evening, to confirm that night has started, keep the lights dim and your screen time down. Perhaps you can replace the time spent scrolling through social media with engrossing yourself in a gripping novel or journaling.
6. Switch to grayscale
Both iOS and Android allow you to turn your phone’s display grey. So, why is this effective at curving your screen-time levels? Without all the bright colours, your devices can begin to lose their visual appeal.
For iPhone users, head into Settings. Next, select Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Color Filters. And, finally, toggle the switch on so that the Grayscale option appears.
Android users can do this by opening up the Setting panels and going into Digital Wellbeing. Chose Wind Down and you can either turn Grayscale on now or schedule it for a later time.
7. Schedule face to face meetings
Over the pandemic, it became all too easy to simply call someone via Zoom or Teams. But, with lockdown restrictions eased, there is little excuse to get out and interact with friends, family, and colleagues.
If you have the means perhaps you can schedule that important meeting to happen face-to-face or if you want to catch up with a friend arrange to meet them for a catch up at a local café.
Commenting on the tips, Andy Roberts E-commerce Director at Ebuyer says “As the new normal has shifted to a world where digital communication is at the forefront, it’s become all too easy to spend a huge number of hours on our electronic devices. Although, our devices are essential for keeping us connected, limiting the amount of unnecessary screen-time can be great for both physical and mental health.
“We hope our tips will help people find good balance between the time they spend on and off their devices.”
To view more tips on reducing screen time, please visit: https://www.ebuyer.com/blog/2019/02/screen-time-advice-for-parents/