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How Can We Reduce Our Screen Time?

Technology has become an essential part of our lives, whether it’s for work, entertainment or creativity. But there is no doubt that all this screen time has negative impacts on our lives, like trouble sleeping, headaches, laziness, and strain on our eyes. So we have gathered some tips to reduce your screen time and stay active!

1. Eat Your Meals Without a Screen

However tempting it is to catch up on some Netflix while eating, we recommend that you use this time to give your eyes a rest and this will also help you enjoy your food more.

2. Don’t Watch TV Before Bed

There is no doubt that watching tv in bed is very enjoyable but you are better off doing it on the couch. It is harder to press pause on your favourite show when you’re already cosy, tucked up in your bed.

MacBook and iPhone on a bed to be avoided to reduce screen time

3. Keep Track of Your Screen Time

Screen time tracker on iPhone

Most of the time we are completely unaware of how much time we spend on our screens. However, it has become much easier to track it! For iPhone users, just head to the screen time section in our settings and for Android users, the Digital Wellbeing app is pretty similar. From there you can set timers for individual apps to try and cut down.

4. Take Up New Hobbies

Nowadays, when we get bored we turn to social media feeds. But instead of needlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed, try taking up a hobby like baking, knitting or sport.

5. Leave Your Phone Out of Sight

When you are working at your desk, try turning your phone upside down and leave it behind a book or something. That way you won’t see notifications as they come in and will be less likely to drift away from your work. For this to work, we also recommend turning off the vibration and sound of your phone to make sure you don’t get distracted.

Phone hidden to avoid distractions and reduce screen time

6. Finally, Don’t Bring Your Smartphone to the Bathroom

You only really need to spend a maximum of 10 minutes in the bathroom so you won’t be missing much whilst you’re gone. By leaving your phone on your desk you can easily reduce a bit of your screen time.

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Scott Hickman

Founder of The Detechtor and host of The Detechtor Podcast | Techy | Politics enthusiast | Musician | Loves coffee ☕️

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