Put down the devices, and step away


Put down the devices, and step away

Years ago, when you thought about too much screen time, you counted the amount of television you watched in a week.

But screen time means way more than that. It’s part of our entire day – tablets, laptops, mobile phones.

For many, screens are how they do their jobs, and it’s often a means for 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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