Excessive screen time during the pandemic is another cost to us.
How to manage screen time productively?
As per the report of Times of India, they found India to have the biggest correlation between screen time and an increased rate of vision loss and deteriorating vision.
What’s behind the increase in screen time?
As we all know that pandemic lockdown had disturbed everyone’s life schedule, whether it's kids, youth, professionals and entrepreneurs. Now a new normal is virtual, every activity shifts from physical to a virtual mode like education, fitness, home office and many more.
We had experienced a steep rise in video calls and e-learning because they shut all of us in our homes and no more social gatherings were going. It's not only in kids, every age got affected. When education shifts to e-learning, it counts to be a productive screen time when compared to social video calls. Earlier working professionals never get time to work on their skill set; this pandemic has created a need and time for self up-gradation.
How can they lower their screen time without compromising on quality or productivity?
Before going to strategies for reducing screen time, Its necessary to demarcate between productive and unproductive screen time. Screen time is not a cost to our life if we track and we base plan on need and productivity.
Here are some things to consider:
The quality of the content and being there to help child and adults what’s on screen are two important factors that can help create meaningful interactions.
Cut down the screen time used for entertainment to half and opt for other options like gardening, reading, workouts, meditation and learning new things.
Use the screen wisely
Some Ways to make screen time more purposeful:
1. Limiting screen time after sunset, especially two hours before bed, can help you fall asleep easier.
2. Avoid social media during working hours to help you keep a better work-life balance.
3. Set a limit to how long you’ll let yourself scroll and use the rest of the time to call a family member or friend.
4. Just five minutes of walking outside can help improve your mood and self-esteem.
5. Learning how to work with the devices in your household is key. Limiting your and your family’s amount of screen time is only part of the equation.
6. Replacing a text or email with a phone call provides social interaction without screen time.
7. Enjoy your meals without a screen and try to not use any screen within one hour of wake up.
8. Brainstorm new ways to occupy time for kids between classes, after-school activities and family time — other than on their screens.
How parents are coping
Before the pandemic, 60% of parents said their children spent only three hours a day on devices, found an August survey of U.S. parents by data intelligence firm Morning Consult. As of August, 70% of parents estimated their kids spend at least four hours a day with screens.
Too much screen time can have a negative effect on kids, but screens are easy to turn to during social distancing.
APPS for tracking and limiting screen time
If you are an ios user, I used no extra app as there is an inbuilt feature(as shown above) for tracking screen time. Try to cut down unproductive screen time and take gaps in scrolling social media platforms.
Take frequent breaks from mobile devices or another screen for eye-breaking (every 20min); the major effect of increased screen time is visibility problems and unproductive time killing.
As we can't escape from screen due to work and education, nowadays we are using our eyes more than what we used to use. Eyes are very sensitive and they need rest. Close your eyes for 20seconds in every 20minutes; eye rotation and blinking normally to avoid eyestrain.
If you are using a screen, apply night mode to avoid the negative effect of blue light coming out from screens. Adjust the height of the device at your eye level. Invest in anti-glare glasses if you are using the screen for 8–10hours.