Last week, in our Health and Nutrition course, we were learning about emotional and mental health. One of our projects was to do a digital media fast for 24 hours. I honestly was kind of dreading it, since I had wanted to do some blogging, and finish the third Hobbit movie. (That movie is so good, you should totally watch it!) Anyway, I decided to write about it!
What did I do?
Starting in the morning when I woke up, I wasn’t on my phone or the computer (except for my online English class), I didn’t watch any TV, and I didn’t listen to any music. I think not listening to music or podcasts was the hardest, since I usually do when I’m doing chores and miscellaneous activities.
So- what did I learn?
I hate to admit it, but I guess I do spend more time online than I thought, since I was kind of bored. Not having devices was more inconvenient than disorienting though, and overall I was fine XD.
What’s the takeaway?
I did some research, and I found that the average American spends up to 38 hours a week on their phone, (about 5.5 hours a day) which is 23% of your entire week. That’s a lot of time!
I think everyone should try a social media/devices fast for a day, or even longer if you are feeling stressed, anxious or just feeling like you spend way too much time online! Here are 3 tips to manage your digital intake, and 5 tips for when you are bored out of your mind because you don;’t have digital media. XD.
Tips for managing your digital intake:
- Set limits on apps and websites, and schedule downtimes. In your phone’s settings, you can set limits for apps, which can be helpful if you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through instagram for hours- set it so you can’t spend more than two hours a day using certain apps that are distracting to you. You can also schedule downtimes, like from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
- Delete apps from your homescreen. If you’re only fasting from certain apps, like instagram, delete the app (or remove it from your homescreen) so you won’t be as tempted to use it.
- Keep your phone out of certain areas. You might decide to keep it out of your bedroom, so you won’t be tempted to mindlessly be on your phone all night. Or, you could avoid using your phone in family areas, or during family times like movie night.
Tips for busting boredom:
- Go outside. Ideally, you should be outside for at least 20 minutes a day. You could go on a walk, plant flowers, or even
- Spend time with friends and family. Family is important! You could meet someone at a coffee shop, or a local walking trail, or do something fun together like a community art class.
- Organize. This is a great way to spend time- and you will love how much better it looks!
- Pick a new hobby. There are lots of easy, and relatively cheap hobbies you could do. Film photography, running, even something like crocheting!
- Read a book. You could go to a library and pick new books, browse a bookstore, read books you already have, just no e-books during digital fasts!
That’s it for today’s post, but let me know if you have tried digital fasts. How did it go? What did you do when you were bored? I’d love to chat in the comments!