January 11th, 2019 by Megan Sylvester
The phrase “tech diet” has been flying around a lot in recent weeks – it seems there is a growing appetite for people to find new ways to cut down on their device usage. Social media is a particular pain point for most people, with the average adult losing nearly two hours a day to social media. While it may be tempting to lock away your phone and unplug the broadband, the inevitable truth is technology is an ingrained part of our daily routine. What really matters isn’t the time you spend on your devices, but what you use that time for.
Few would argue that mindlessly scrolling through social media is in any way life-enriching. In fact, overusing social media leads to further addiction and can come paired with even more unpleasant side effects, such as low self-esteem and unhealthy sleeping patterns. The trick to taking a true tech diet is about evaluating when, why and how you use your devices. Once you’ve done that, you can effectively adjust your tech consumption to achieve a better, healthier relationship. Here’s how you can get started: