Your phone always has your back. It keeps you in touch with your best friends, it provides endless entertainment, and it helps you look busy during those awkward elevator rides and social situations! We love our tech, but even the best things need moderation. Here’s why you should cut down on screen time this term.
1. It hurts your eyes and vision.
Do you ever get one of those nasty headaches between your eyes after spending a few hours on your laptop? They aren’t fun! Staring at screens can certainly cause eye strain, but it doesn’t stop there. It can also lead to dry, irritated eyes, and — down the line — damage to your retina and overall vision!
2. It affects your sleep schedule.
How many times do you lay in bed and scroll through your Instagram feed before shutting your eyes for the night? It’s a good way to wind down, right? Well, not really. Unfortunately, the blue light emitted from phone and laptop screens can throw off your biological clock, leaving you tossing and turning before you finally get some quality sleep. Save those Instagram posts for when you wake up in the morning!
3. It messes with your attention span.
It happens all the time. You’re reading a page in your textbook and before you know it, you’re picking up your phone before you’ve even gotten through a full paragraph. Or, you’re trying to stay engaged in a conversation but the words go through one ear and out the other as you obsess over what that text might say that just lit up your phone. Maybe it’s time to put the phone away so you can focus on the current moment — Sound good?
4. It takes away from your productivity.
Things like texting, Snapchatting, surfing the web, and watching TV take up more time than you probably realize. We’re not saying you should give that all up and just be productive 24/7, but stop and think the next time you feel like you don’t have enough time in your day. Cutting your screen time down even by just a half hour can make a huge difference!
5. It keeps you immobile.
While we love that our tech comes with a variety of apps aimed at maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, we have to admit — most of the time we’re just lounging around when we’re on our laptops and phones! That’s cool every once in awhile, but try to swap it out with something more active here and there.