I’ve recently realized that almost every activity we do on a daily basis requires looking at a screen. Whether we’re catching up on social media, shopping online, completing an online class, filling out job applications, or watching Netflix, we always seem to be on the computer. And then when we close our laptops, we start texting and looking things up on our phones. The problem is, we’re addicted to the internet.
As an introvert, I love that I can connect with the world from the comfort and solitude of my cozy, Disney-adorned bedroom. I can stay busy and productive all day without moving an inch. But I don’t let myself do that.
It’s not healthy physically, and it’s not psychologically healthy. We can read so much on the internet, it can send us into sensory overload; we can have the opinions of hundreds of people in our heads, people we don’t even know. It’s important to set limits on screen time, to step out of virtual reality and remind ourselves that we live in the real world.
The problem is this: with so much of our work, education, entertainment, and even personal communication happening online, how are we supposed to reduce screen time? I’ve had a few ideas:
- Go for a walk
- Try some new recipes
- Go to the gym, or put on some music and do an at-home workout
- Sing, play guitar
- Read a book
- Write in a journal
- Clean the house
- Play board games
- Go visit someone
- Do a puzzle, coloring book, or crafts
- Sort through the closet and donate clothes you no longer wear
- Browse at the mall
- Check out local events like free concerts or festivals
Any other tips on reducing screen time? It’s easier said than done!