Reducing Screen Time
By Alexandra Wade - April 7, 2023

It is always important to limit your screen time since increased screen time can lead to chronic back and neck pain, depression, anxiety, irregular sleep patterns, behavioral issues, poor academic or occupational performance, and, most importantly, obesity, which is one of the leading causes of many diseases. Thus, in order to boost attention and brain function, it is crucial to cut back on on-screen usage. However, due to our obsession with it or the amount of work we have to accomplish, it can sometimes be challenging to cut back on our screen time. So, let’s take a look at some of the most effective ways to reduce screen time.

Start by keeping a screen time track on your computer or phone. Setting clear objectives and keeping track of where and how much time you spend on screens might help you cut back on-screen time. Secondly, turn off notifications on your phone. When your phone’s notifications are on, it keeps beeping, forcing you to pick it up unintentionally. You’ll start scrolling through Instagram or Facebook or starting a conversation with a friend after seeing what the notification is about. So, to cut down on screen time, it’s better to disable mobile notifications. Thirdly, switch your phone’s display to black and white since it might significantly affect how you use it. When your phone screen is black and white, you will have less control over opening it and looking through your apps. As a result, you will put your phone down and focus on something else.

Additionally, removing social networking apps from your phone will help you spend less time on devices and improve your professional or academic performance. Moreover, consider blocking distracting websites as well. Blocking some of the most distracting websites you visit when using your computers, such as social networking sites, Netflix, or the news, will help you limit how much time you spend on screens during work hours and increase your productivity.