Researchers have dubbed our phones as 'the new yawn'; when one person checks their phone, everyone in the area does too. This just highlights the addictive nature of the technology at our fingertips. People are living through social media and portrayed adventures. This is leading to severe cases of FOMO, or fear of missing out, and compulsive social media scrolling. Always having access to social media and the internet at our fingertips is reducing our ability to form new memories, and hindering our short term memory. It is also a valuable skill, instead of what it is: reduced effectiveness and low concentration. Being constantly plugged-in is creating meaningful relationships in the real world. This addiction to our phones.
The best way to start unplugging is to start small. Here are some ways you can start reducing your screen time:
Start the day right:
How do you start the day? Try and avoid screen-time in the first hour of the day. One way to help with this is to keep your phone out of the bedroom. When you get up in the morning, when you are in a rush, pick up a book. You can also start your meal preparation and have a cup of coffee before checking your emails or phone notifications.
Pick a time of day when you want to leave your phone in another room or when you want to turn it off , Maybe leaving your phone in the office during your break better works for you. Whatever the time of day, find one and leave your phone off, or out of reach.
Manage your time better:
There are many apps that will block social media apps from working during set hours; App Block is one that works well. These apps also record the number of times you try to access social media during the lock-out period and how much time you are spending online.
Take a vacation:
Another great option. Find a day, week, or longer where you can just turn off your phone and tune into the world around you. A holiday is a great time to enjoy this! You can even join the National Day of Unplugging on March 1
Do you want to do it? Your memory, productivity, and relationships will all improve!