Most of us are addicted to technology.
This isn’t news. All you have to do is look around. How about those parents standing around the park, pushing their kids on the swings while texting? Or the family at Red Robin with each person on a device, no one speaking or looking up?
Personally, I’ve felt anxiety misplacing my phone. Minutes can feel like hours while I search for it. When I’m feeling socially awkward or a little bored (in line waiting is a perfect example) my first thought is to soothe the anxiety by picking up my phone and seeing what’s new.
Before we lecture our kids about limiting screen time, shouldn’t we learn more about our own habits and set guidelines for the whole family?
According to PC Magazine’s article “Tech Addiction by the Numbers: How Much Time We Spend Online, “The average adult spends 5.9 hours per day with digital media, up from 3 hours a day in 2009, according to Mary Meeker’s 2018 Internet Trends Report.”
Now, to be fair, that six hours includes all screens, but that’s 25% of a day. That’s a number we need to pay attention to.
Are you curious how you compare?
There are oodles of time trackers. My favorite is the free version of Rescue Time.
Are you up for the challenge? Get your whole family involved. It’s a great way to start a real conversation around screen usage. Try it for 7 days and email me your results!