Technology

Is it time to take a break from the online world?

Since I started blogging full time over 5 years ago things have changed a lot. What was once a hobby I enjoyed while working is now my full-time job which means I spend a LOT of time online doing various tasks each day, it’s unavoidable but being online 24/7 can take its toll.

When I’m working I will either be blogging from my laptop or using my phone for social media and checking emails etc. As the years have gone on I seem to be spending more and more time online, especially on my phone. If I’m honest, it’s not always work-related, some of the time I find myself aimlessly scrolling – especially on Facebook and Instagram.

When I got my new phone last year it came with a built-in screen time app which is both helpful and horrifying in equal measures. Sometimes ignorance can be bliss but I think in this case it’s better for me to be aware of how much time I’m spending on certain tasks (or wasting) so I can make changes if needed.

The app tells me how much time I have spent using my phone and this can be broken down to a week or a 24 hour period. It offers a lot of details including which apps I have spent the most time using, how many hours I have spent using each app and even how many times I picked up my phone on any given day, yesterday I picked it up 41 times – oops. The average is around 15-20 times per day which is a little more acceptable but it’s still a lot and I often struggle with eye strain from spending hours each day looking at my laptop or phone screen.

If you’re concerned about the amount of time you’re spending online/looking at screens it might be time to consider a digital detox. Often, we pick up our phones out of habit even when we don’t have any reason to be looking at them. Not only can too much screen time cause sore eyes but it can result in less productivity and be a big distraction from more important things you might need to do. If you’re struggling with eye strain from too much screen time you could try Vizulize to help alleviate dry and irritated eyes.

If you’re looking for a few ideas of other things to do to help you step away from the online work and enjoy some downtime then why not try one of the suggestions below?

  • Read a book
  • Enjoy a long bath/pamper session
  • Bake something delicious
  • Go for a long walk
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Complete a jigsaw puzzle
  • Listen to music

I’m due to have an eye operation in a few days so taking time off from the online world and reducing my screen usage over the next couple of weeks will be essential to limit eye strain after surgery. I will be trying some of the above ideas and enjoying my time away from my devices for the next couple of weeks. After that, I will be aiming to reduce the amount of time I spend online where possible to minimise any further eye strain and enjoy some offline activities too.

*This is a collaborative post

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