*The social dilemma revealed some of the ways social media companies keep us constantly engaged. Receiving constant updates and notifications is one way they keep you reaching for your device. While this can be occasionally informative, it is equally very distracting and not always relevant. Try and turn off as many notifications as you can to limit the constant need to check your phone.
*Setting timers on the apps you use the most is an excellent way to limit your usage. We bet you’d be surprised if you looked at your average daily screen time! Having a 15-minute daily allowance for your most-used apps could significantly reduce your screen time while still allowing you to stay connected in the digital world.
*How many times have you been watching Netflix while also scrolling through Facebook or doing some online shopping? We’re all guilty of it, but multitasking on multiple devices is bad for our concentration and enjoyment. Try to stay present in what you’re doing and focus on one activity at a time!
*Simply putting our phone in another room, in airplane mode, or even ‘forgetting’ it at home can be a simple way to enjoy some time away from technology. The more you practice this, the easier it will become, and you will find yourself enjoying a meal out, a walk in the park, and time with friends even more when you are not distracted by your phone.
Having a ‘digital detox’ doesn’t have to mean never using your phone again or deleting all your social media accounts! You can take simple steps to reduce your dependence on digital devices and reduce your screen time. The aim is to enjoy life offline and be more present in what you are doing.