If you’re anything like most people living in our community of College Station apartments, you spend at least one-third of your day staring at some kind of screen. Be it a laptop, a smartphone, or a TV screen, many people’s entire days are spent staring at or interacting with a screen.
We’re not here to tell you whether or not that’s healthy, and we’re not here to tell you to cut down your screen time. That was a popular way of thinking back in 2008, when screens were kind of new and people didn’t know how to react. In 2017, however, we’ve kind of come to accept that screens are just a part of our lives. As long as you don’t completely zone out while you’re staring at a screen, you’re probably okay. The trouble only starts when you can’t pay attention to anything except what’s on your screen, be it a movie, a social media page or a game.
Again, we’re not going to tell you to stop staring at screens. However, we do have a challenge for anyone that’s interested. Below, you’ll find a list of things you can do to eliminate extra screen time from your life. If you’re at all concerned about the amount of time you spend in front of a screen, you might consider trying these things out. You might also consider trying some of these things if you just like testing yourself to make sure you’re not completely addicted to your smartphone.
Check out the list of things you can do to cut down on screen time, and be sure to subtly share this with anyone in your life who might be spending a little too much time on social media. Without further ado, here is this week’s blog from the apartments College Station students choose for resident-friendly living.
- Keep your phone in your pocket while you eat
It seems like everyone does the same thing while they eat; they hold their fork in one hand and their phone in the other. They stare at their screen instead of the food they’re eating, and we’ve seen more than one person stick their straw up their nose because they were paying more attention to their screen than their drink. Try breaking this habit and see if you don’t start enjoying your meals a little more.
- Cut yourself off from screens in bed
This might be the hardest one on the list, especially for people who are used to falling asleep while watching Netflix. However, there’s no denying that screens keep us awake and affect our sleep patterns. If you can somehow manage to keep your phone facedown for the hour before you fall asleep, you’ll immediately start feeling more rested when you wake up.
- Overuse the “do not disturb” function
You’re far less likely to glance at your phone when its not bothering you every couple minutes with a notification. Anything you’re doing an activity, remember to silence your phone. You’ll start feeling more engaged with whatever you’re doing because you won’t be listening for noises or vibrations from your phone.
As always, we’d like to thank our residents for taking some time out of their busy schedules to read the most recent edition of the 2500 Central Park blog. If you try just one of the screen-time-reducing methods listed above, you might notice an increase in your quality of life. If you liked this post and want to read more like it, be sure to check this page again in a couple weeks for our next blog. Also, you can follow 2500 Central Park on social media if you don’t want to miss a single update from your College Station apartment community.