Digital Toxicity

Take a break from the screen

With adults spending an average of 10 hours and 39 minutes on devices including tablets, smartphones, computers, TVs, etc., and teens averaging 9 hours/day, we have a public health crisis due to screens and their effect on our physical and mental well-being.

How do you know if you need a digital detox?

  • You feel anxious when your phone battery is low
  • You compulsively check your phone, even in the absence of alerts
  • You have trouble completing tasks without breaking to check your devices
  • You have trouble making it through a meal or live, in-person conversation without looking at your phone
  • Your phone is the first thing you look at in the morning and the last thing you see at night

What are ways we can ensure good health regarding these devices?

  • Limit social media use: Go to aap.org, follow guidelines for children and set distraction-free periods for yourself
  • Set limits in ways to avoid constant fights with teens: No phones/electronics at mealtimes and no electronics in the bedroom after “lights out”
  • Check into software control devices: Circle from Disney, etc.
  • Look up what you need then get off your device
  • Engage with nature: Choose outdoor activities over tech and do some healthy physical activity for an hour/day)
  • Keep smartphones off your work desk and banish email and text alerts
  • Save the e-books for daytime reading and choose a print book at night before bed (Kindle Paperwhite and other front-lit e-readers seem to be okay)
  • Skip devices in the car: Passengers can enjoy the view instead of a screen while in the car driving
  • Connect face to face with people