Alright, let’s talk about a bad habit many of us have… screen time. I’m not talking strictly TV, though that is included here, I’m talking all screens: cellphones, tablets, computers, and others.

The best parts of life don’t happen on a screen.

If you add up the hours you spend each day interacting with your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, or television, you may realize that you’re spending the majority of your waking life staring at a screen.

If you are looking to make a change, we highly recommend you check out, “How to Break Up With Your Phone” written by Catherine Price of @screenlifebalance.

But here are some interesting stats:

According to a 2016 Deloitte survey conducted in the United States, the average American checks his or her phone an average of 47 times each day. In the 18 to 24 age bracket, this number shoots up to a whopping 82 times per day
Phones disrupt both short-term memory and long-term memory.
Phones disturb sleep patterns, resulting in poorer overall health.
Breaking up with your phone requires strong motivation and an awareness of your phone behavior.

One of the classic symptoms of breaking up with your phone is  “Fear of Missing Out,” I know you can relate!
In order to avoid FOMO, it’s very important to know what you’re going to fill your time with in advance of your breakup with your phone. Otherwise you’ll just reach for your phone when you get bored.

So…. I have started to leave my phone at home for date nights, grocery shopping and our weekend bike rides. It was hard initially but these outings are short periods of time and it has been a noticeable shift to my focus for the elements around me. I encourage you to try it.