Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing refers to a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic connecting devices such as smartphones and computers.  It is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress, focus more on social interaction and connection with nature in the physical world

In one study in Mind, 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after putting down their phones to spend time outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to calmer and more balanced.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? For most, it’s picking up your smartphone before you even get out of bed. If you do grab your phone first thing, you’re not alone.

A study from Report Linker revealed that 66% of millennials and 46% of all adults in the US check their phones first thing upon waking up. Some 93% of people sleep with their phones within arm’s reach, and nearly 10% tuck the devices under their pillows, according to Asurion.

It’s said that around 50% of smartphone users check their account 5 minutes prior to going to bed and within 5 minutes post waking up. 

Asurion found that Americans on vacation check their phone an average of 80 times a day.

How much do you love your smartphone? Chances are, the answer is too much, right? We all want to spend less time looking at screens, and more time having real-life experiences.

Big tech companies are recognizing the need to minimize screen time.

Apple’s iOS 12 update included a new feature called Screen Time, which gives you a wealth of data about your iPhone and iPad usage, breaking down the amount of time you spent in each individual app on your device. There’s also App Limits, which let you set a daily allotment of time for a particular app or for an entire category of apps, like social media, productivity, or entertainment. Once it runs out, iOS will gray out the icon and display a full-screen banner telling you you’ve reached your time limit.

Android phone users have a setting called Digital Wellbeing, which is pretty similar to Screen Time.

The main difference between the two features is that you can basically press a button to ignore it on iOS, but on Android, you have to manually remove the limit, which is way more annoying.

Oftentimes, we may find ourselves head down staring into our phones or quickly typing up an email while in a conversation with someone. We are not paying full attention to anyone outside of our phones. By taking a digital detox, it allows us to be more present and to recharge. Having face-to-face interactions is important for our emotional well-being and having extra quiet time may allow us to think, relax and reflect.           


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