Self care stories
Denyse’s prompt for #LifethisWeek is all about sharing Self Care stories…which got me thinking about something that’s been niggling away at me for a while now.
What is screen time?
Screen time is the amount of time spent using a device with a screen such as a smartphone, computer, television, or video game console. The concept is under significant research with related concepts in digital media use and mental health. Studies show that screen time directly impact child development, and mental and physical health. The positive or negative health effects of screen time are influenced by levels and content of exposure. To prevent harmful exposure to screen time, some governments have placed regulations on its usage.Source
Are screen time notifications helpful or a hindrance?
I understand that as a retired 60 year old, I am not the target audience for worrying about screen time – it’s primarily aimed at minimising children’s time on screens and I can see the benefit of this, especially as I have seen the way children are attracted to the brightness of screens in all their forms.
Up until recently I was getting weekly updates on my phone, keeping me informed as to how much time I was spending on my screens.
It did my head in!
Now I think I’m an average user of technology but the numbers it was telling me each week seemed a bit out of control. Considering I’m not into playing games on my phone, I don’t stream or watch shows on my phone and I am retired with no children using my devices, it was a bit scary….and demoralising!
Each week, I felt like I’d been called to the Principal’s office or I was being hauled over the coals for some ongoing misdemeanour at work. Yes I know I’m a 60 year old educated woman, but that’s how I felt. Add to that the feeling of guilt!
Was I addicted, out of control or using my phone a little too much?? (Don’t ask my family that question).
I must admit my phone is never far away, it is an essential piece of equipment these days with QR checkin codes required where ever we go, noting places of concern due to Covid infections, showing our digital Covid certificate, checking the daily numbers, stats, listening to music, audiobooks, podcasts, replying to comments on my blog, using various forms of social media, not to mention simply staying in touch with friends and family during these unprecedented times!
Many of my family are still in various stages of lockdown or out reach for travel purposes so we use video chats to stay in touch – stop trying to justify your use says my inner voice!!
I found the screen time notifications were upsetting me more than helping me, so I simply turned off the setting and it’s made such a difference – no more heaviness of guilt, trying to justify my screen time (mainly to myself) and a new found freedom! It did make me aware which was good thing but I found I don’t need that reminder anymore.
Sometimes it’s the little things ins’t it?
Do you have any thoughts to share?
Is this something you have found too or am I the only one? Do you think I have a guilty conscience? I think the screen time settings are a great way for families to keep track of their child’s screen time and even adults need a check up regularly.
Many of my blogging friends have taken a break, pressed pause, closed the comments on their posts, reduced their time on social media, and all this points to a desire to get away from the online world for a time, reduce their screen time and I consider this a great way of dealing with this issue. Maybe their screen time notifications were giving them them cause for concern too.
I am trying to reduce my screen time without the need for weekly reminders and I think I’m doing OK.
Have a great week ahead and thanks Denyse for another great prompt that got me thinking and sharing!
A timely reminder I saw online today as I was writing this post- how ironic!
Becoming bold in 2021 and taking control of my self care is important to me. A reminder that sometimes it’s the little things we ignore for too long that get us stressed.
Enjoy your week!
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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