Health experts recommend reducing screen time since it causes mental and emotional exhaustion. Additionally, the extra time in front of the computer, phone or the television increases the risks of developing eye strain and muscle exhaustion. As such, to reduce screen time, one needs to set the rules that limit the amount of time they spend utilizing these gadgets. Therefore, below, we have highlighted a few strategies that can be effective in reducing screen time.
Ban the Screen during Mealtimes
It is always tempting to use meal times to update oneself about the latest notifications from your social media platforms. Also, some people prefer eating while watching their favorite shows on TV. Hence, the solutions to reducing screen time while eating is removing the TV from the eating area and establishing rules such as no using phones during dinner.
Limit Your Non-Work Screen Time
Further, most people tend to check their work emails immediately they reach home. While sometimes it may be urgent, constantly checking your work email while at home increases the time you spend on the screen. It also raises your stress levels.
Create Screen-Free Bedrooms
Do not put a television or computer in your bedroom. Indeed, people who have televisions in their rooms tend to watch approximately two hours more television a day than the rest. If you are already in cozy in bed it easier to press play on the next episode on that addictive television show.
Ban Phone Charging From the Bedroom
For sure, looking at your phone’s screen just before bed disrupts your sleep patterns. Therefore, charging your phone next to your bed only tempts you to check for messages from your friends or even the latest news during sleep hours.
Schedule a Meeting or a Phone Call Instead of Using Chat
Chatting can easily drag us into long online conversations with people about issues that are easily resolvable. As such, the best alternative is phone call or face-to-face meeting to lengthy screen based chats.
Get Your News in a Condensed Feed
Indeed, the internet has provided us many of ways to access news. But scrolling through headlines to make sense of the latest events can take time thus gluing us to our screens. To curb this challenge, find a reliable news source you adore and subscribe to their daily updates to quickly scan their headlines rather than plunging into a black hole of information.
Create an Interesting Hobby to Fight Boredom
Many people have turned to Facebook and Instagram feeds to stave off their boredom, which increases their hours on the screen. Instead, the best option to kill time other than just feeling the urge to aimlessly scroll through the social media, try out a new hobby such as reading a book or doing a craft activity.