Are you ok with how much you use your device each day?
Technology is not all bad – it improves our lives in countless ways.
Getting the balance right is essential.
Time Magazine reports that 68% of us sleep next to our phones, and that 81% of us have our smartphones within arm’s reach nearly all the time! 37% of adults check their devices every 30 minutes or less, while one in five young people admit to checking their screens every five minutes!
Just because something is common doesn’t make it “normal.” Our smartphones compete for a large chunk of space in our lives – some of which should be going to all those activities that keep us happy and sane… sleep, exercise, time with family and friends, reading books, time spent in the sun and in nature…
As parents, we HAVE to model the behaviour we want to see in our kids, if we don’t want to lose them into the irresistible digital vortex.
Control, don’t be controlled!
Here’s our challenge: Agree on a family “digital reBoot” for a week, implementing the above tips. At the end of the week, check in as to how everyone feels and decide what you might do differently going forward. It will be hard, but you gotta embrace the FOMO to get some JOMO! Let us know how it goes – we’d love to hear your feedback!
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