Set Boundaries With Technology

Date:

May 11, 2021

Continuing our celebration of #OlderAmericansMonth we are sharing with you four tips to help you live longer, stronger, and better by managing when and how you use technology.

Turn off all phone notifications.
Americans are already checking their phones an average of 96 times a day, according to research from 2019, so you’re not going to miss anything.

Establish no-phone zones, starting with no phones at dinner and in the bedroom.
One review of 290 studies by a Swedish university researcher that was published in 2018 found an association between frequent mobile phone use and depressive symptoms and sleep problems.

When you wake up, don’t reach for your phone.
Do something you love instead: Journal, stretch, make coffee or read one book chapter. Get an alarm clock so you won’t need to rely on your phone to wake up.

Go screen-free one day a week.
“My family and I have turned off all screens for one full day each week for 11 years, and we spend the day doing things we love. It’s our favorite day of the week,” says author Tiffany Shlain.

Reference: AARP 60 Ways to Live Longer, Stronger, and Better

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