Friday, August 22, 2014

Addicted to Screens

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one out there who spends WAY too much time on the computer, watching TV/movies or playing on their phones. Most days I can convince myself that it's really not that bad and it is how I keep in touch with so many people, via Facebook or email. But on a whole, I know I have a problem with spending too much time staring at some sort of screen.

I keep telling myself that I will do better tomorrow, that tomorrow I will shut off my computer and leave my phone sitting on the counter. But tomorrow comes and I spend just as much time on all my separate screens as I did the day before, sometimes even more.

So I've been thinking of ways to try and break this habit, to step away from technology a bit and learn to spend more time doing other things. Things like housework, gardening, reading, etc. I've tossed around the idea of giving up Facebook but in reality, I know that I wouldn't actually want to do that, since I'm in contact with a lot of my friends through Facebook only. I don't want to give up the computer entirely either, since I have this blog to keep up with and I wouldn't want to take that away from all of my readers.

So I have come up with a plan. I'm not sure how well this plan will actually work, but it's worth a shot right? Instead of just talking about spending less time in front of screens, I want to start putting those words into action. Starting next week, I'm going to choose one day (Tuesday) and not use my phone, computer or TV at all for the whole day. The only exception being my phone, if it rings. Other than that, it will be a screen free day. The plan is to keep this up for a while and spend every Tuesday without all the screens around me.

Maybe over time I will get more used to it and it will feel less like a punishment and I will be able to add in more days of freedom. Or maybe I'll realize it isn't working and give myself designated screen times each day but the remainder of the day is free. Who knows, I'm just flying by the seat of my pants here. I'm going to take it one day at a time.

Anyone else ever try or are trying to spend less time on their screens? Any tips or advice for me? Anyone want to join in on my personal challenge?

3 comments:

  1. I don't think I can join you in your challenge completely, but I can try and limit my phone time on Tuesday. Good for you though! I'll probably call you on Tuesday to see how it's going. :P

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  2. I hate that my job is staring at (2!) computer screens all day... it stinks because then anything I want to do in free time on the computer (editing photography!) - it's the last thing I want to do when I get home - get BACK on the computer!

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  3. Jackie - I didn't actually expect anyone to join in on this challenge, but if you did want to give yourself a mini challenge you can. It doesn't have to be on Tuesday either! I look forward to the check-in. :)

    Kate - Staring at computers all day for work does suck the life out of you. Sorry you can't enjoy your photography editing though, that sucks.

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