This is a personal challenge for me in the New Year and I would like to share it with you. I am tied to my phone all day long with questions, inquiries and research. I found towards the end of last year that it was becoming exhausting and really hurting personal relationships. I am starting the year turning off all screens at least 30 minutes before bed and hope to progress checking my phone less in February.
Warning: This one will be a hard one… but it will be LIBERATING!!!
Cell phones are amazing devices – they keep us connected, give us a world of information at the touch of a button, and even help us document our lives!
But they come with a big downside: they affect our attention span, memory, even relationships, and – ironically enough – can even make us feel isolated from each other. 😳
I challenge you to take a step back from your cell phones by using them LESS each day.
I’m not going to tell you exactly how much LESS time to use them, but it would be great if you could slash your screen time in HALF if possible! 📱📱
(Many smartphones track your usage in your settings … give a look! If you’re in an iPhone, simply go to: Settings → Screen Time.)
This challenge is SO IMPORTANT and might be more challenging than you think.
A study by the tech company Asurion found that Americans check their phones 80 to 300 times a day. Some researchers theorize that our constant distraction by our phones can actually change how our brains function by impacting our reward feedback loops.
If you find this is a really tough challenge, it could be a sign you need this one the most!
You don’t need a fancy app to participate in this challenge (although if you must, you can set your cell phone’s timer so you know when you’re allowed to check it again 🤣 🤣 🤣). Simply put your phone down and make a vow not to look at it for a specified period of time … and every day, extend that time period a little longer.
Are you up for it!? Take a screenshot of the amount of screen time you had yesterday, and let us know in the comments below if you’re in!