Break Your Screen Time Habits

April 20, 2021 2 min read

Break Your Screen Time Habits

Smartphone addiction has been growing as one of the major problems in today's world, and has only worsened with the pandemic.

Our phones have become this tiny computer that once required dedicated time to sit in own place, but is now completely mobile. Online shopping, emails, social media, games, and more can now be done wherever you want or feel the need too.

And as these capabilities have increased, so has the average use on a phone, which takes us away from the present and what we could be doing productively with our time.

Screen Time Statistics

  • There are currently over 3 billion people worldwide who use a smartphone on the planet.
  • On average, people spend 3 hours and 15 minutes on their mobile.
  • The average American spends 5.4 hours a day on their mobile.
  • Millennials spend 5.7 hours a day on mobile phones, while younger generations use their phones for 5 hours a day.
  • 13% of Millennials spend up to 12 hours a day on their phones!
  • On average, people open their phones up to 63 times a day

Average Daily Phone Use Over the Last 5 Years

The average time of daily phone use is constantly increasing every year. Based on a United States Survey:

  • 2016 - In 2016, people spent almost 188 minutes every day with their phones.
  • 2017 -In 2017, the figure crosses the 200 and people spend 205 minutes per day with their cell phones.
  • 2018 - People start spending 215 minutes per day with their phones.
  • 2019 - In 2019, the figure touches 223 minutes every day. 
  • 2020 - In 2020, due to the quarantine, it crosses the number 240. People are spending 242 minutes every day with their phones. 

These numbers are hours spent that could and can be used for numerous other activities that are beneficial for our mental and physical health.

As our phones gain more and more features, is this really the best for our physical and mental health? We have gone without a mobile phone for thousands of years, and suddenly within the last decade it is essential to everyday life.

With the growing hours spent on our phones, we lose out on productivity in more than one aspect of our lives. From time we could be spending with our families, to being outdoors, and even working, these all get pushed out when we spend the hours online.

We aren't saying to get rid of your phone, but to take a break. Say you're done with work for the day, drop your phone in a Faraday Sleeve for the evening, and spend the time reading a book or making dinner with the family. The list is endless with what you can accomplish by setting time aside during the week and weekend away from your phone.

On a personal note - I've recently switched to a LightPhone and can really feel the benefits from not carrying around this device 24/7 that allows me to connect to an outside world.

 

Brandon Lasko
Brandon Lasko


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