Why digital well-being is such a huge topic right now
Updated: Sep 10, 2020
Hola, je m'appelle Michelle and I'm a technology addict. With all that's happening, it's easy to fuel that fire. ⠀
We are surrounded by technology, smart this, smart that, smart everything; so it's important to consider what impact that is having on our wellbeing. How are things like digital comms (like FaceTime, Zoom), social media and wearable technologies effecting our health and wellbeing? This area of research, 'digital wellbeing', is relatively new and complex topic. What we do know is too much of anything isn't good for you, well maybe except for veggies? In short, we know and recognise that digital well-being is an important balance. If you're looking to reduce your screen time, here's a few ideas.
Charge your phone overnight in another room
It saves checking emails or social media first thing in the morning. For those who haven't made the switch, your body will thank you for it. I've had an alarm clock for a few years now and love it. It took about a week to get used to and I can definitely feel the difference.
Introduce tech free time
Whether it's tech free Thursdays or tech free family meal times or tech free date night, start small and build up. Tech free Thursdays doesn't mean the whole day, although it can if it takes your fancy. It can be just an hour of screen free time after dinner - no TV, laptop, iPad, phone, etc. I aim to spend about an hour either reading a book or flicking through a magazine or a quick with a yummy candle. Olaf joins in too. Tech free date night, on the other hand, has been a bit harder because we're forever wanting to google stuff. How did we survive before smart phones?
Commit to no screens past a certain time
Give this a go, even if you have a 'smancy' pair of blue light glasses.
Turn off notifications
You might find it helpful to turn off some of your notifications such as email, news or social media notifications.
Keep your phone out of reach
If you're working from home, keep your phone out of reach (unless of course you need it for work!).
We'd love to hear how you manage your digital wellbeing.