Years ago, too much screen time meant to many hours sitting in front of the television. Today, screen time means way more than that. It’s tablets, laptops, mobile phones and for many, it’s a way to do their jobs, as well as communicating and staying in touch with friends and family.
A lot of the research focuses on how too much screen time affects children, but it can really take a toll on adults too. Excessive screen time can impact your sleep and cause eye strain. If you have to spend your 9-to-5 looking at a screen, think about cutting it down after work.
Here are a few tips on how to decrease your screen time:
- Don’t scroll through your phone or iPad right before you go to sleep – the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute suggests creating a screen-free bedroom.
- Call or meet a friend in person rather than communicating via text, email or Facebook message.
- Don’t watch TV while you’re eating dinner – whether you have a spouse, kids or a roommate – spend meal time enjoying your food and catching up with others.
- Get the entire family involved – use the Let’s Move screen time log to track how much time everyone spends in front of a device.