Love is in the air, and it’s clear that people care about their relationships—with their technology. According to this study, more than 210 million people suffer from internet and social media dependence. Social media is only part of the problem, however, as screen addiction can include several devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and televisions, whether the user is on social media or not. Screen addiction can cause more issues than you may realize, including:

  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Vision problems
  • Decreased social development
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Infections (devices may have more germs than a toilet seat!)
  • And more

This Valentine’s Day, instead of showing your love for your smartphone, try a digital detox. If you can’t fully commit, at least try to reduce your screen time. Here are some quick tips to take a break from your technology:

Turn off notifications, except from people

Some notifications may be too important to miss, like calls from your spouse or emails from your boss. However, notifications from gaming apps and social media can be distracting, as well as encourage you to look at your device multiple times. If you don’t get the notification in the first place, you won’t feel the need to check.

Designate certain periods of the day for screen time

Schedule screen time into your day, as having a routine can structure your device use. This can be difficult on weekends, but it can also encourage you to find other activities. For example, set aside two hours of TV time on Saturday night. Instead of binge watching your favorite show all day, find a more productive use of your time. Whether that be reading, grocery shopping, working out, or another activity, it’s a needed break from the screen. With all that extra time, you may find a new hobby that you love even more than your screen!

Eliminate tech at meals and bedtime

If designating time for technology isn’t working for you, at least try to eliminate use during meals and before bed. Eating a meal, especially with other people, can be an effortless distraction from your screen. Use your surroundings—conversation, taste of the food, ambiance—to stimulate you, instead of your smartphone or TV. On the flip side, bedtime is when you should not be stimulated. Using technology before bed can hinder your ability to have a restful night, which can disturb your long-term sleep pattern.

Ask for help

In the age of technology, it’s important to limit your screen time, but your work responsibilities could make that challenging. The average employee should not have to spend extra time in front of his or her laptop because of a technical issue. CMIT Solutions provides proactive IT support and technology management services. Instead of using your screen time trying to fix your business’s IT issues, you can leave them to CMIT Solutions.