If you want to simplify your life one of the best things you can do is reduce the amount of time you spend looking at a screen.

The statistics on how much time people spend looking at a screen are scary. Apparently we now spend over 10 hours a day doing this.

And yet a lot of people feel that they do not have enough time in the day to do the stuff that needs to be done.

Are we that delusional?

It starts very early in life. Kids become addicted to it at a ridiculously young age. It continues in school of course and on into adulthood.

I think that a lot of the problems we have in society could at least be alleviated if we put down our phones and tablets. We need to spend more time having actual conversations with other humans. We need to be be more engaged with our children. We need to spend more time in nature.

So many people are just walking around with their phone up in front of their face.

Is it wrong of me to want them to walk into something?

There just cannot be anything so important that you need to be checking your phone all  the time.

Screens are a major force for distraction and anxiety in modern life

First, reduce your TV time or stop watching it altogether. If you only reduce your TV time then at least watch online where there’s little to no commercials (depending on the platform you use). This will save you time, reduce your commercial exposure and put you in better control of your time. You might not have to catch your favorite show when it’s on anymore, maybe you can just record it, but this way you never even have to do that. And cable is far more expensive than even multiple online viewing platforms at once.

Next, reduce the amount of time you’re on your smartphone. I’d suggest going through your smartphone and deleting any unused apps. When you have way too many possible distractions on your phone you tend to pick it up and look for things to distract yourself with. This is one of the most dangerous distractions in our everyday life because it’s always there with us. By drastically reducing the number of times you pick your phone up in a given day you’ll notice you’ll have a calmer and less dispersed mind.

I am not saying that making this change will be easy. As with anything just do your best.

When I get home from school today it would be oh-so-easy to just watch a show or get online. And before you know a few hours has gone by. I need to remind myself of what makes me feel good. Doing a workout or going for a walk. Some mindful meditation would be good.

I could do some accounting or marketing for my lawn care business. There are all kinds of things I can be doing that would certainly be more productive than mindless screen time.

Your phone or device is not a part of who you are. Too many people actually feel that their device- and the information it gives them- is a part of their extended self. And trying to give that up proves to be very difficult.

So maybe try to reduce your screen time over the next few days and see how you feel.

How many times do you check your phone? How much TV do you watch? Can you do better?

 

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