Technology has helped people immeasurably!
It has made us way more productive; now, we can automate repetitive tasks and pinpoint when we are most productive. Also, there’s an endless amount of information at our fingertips. And, it is certainly enhanced how we communicate and collaborate with others. But, unfortunately, that’s not ideal for our mental as well as physical health.
According to Rescue Time, on average, we spend 3 hours and 15 minutes on our phones. Additionally, we pick up our phones 58 times per day. However, because of an increase in work from home and socially distancing due to Covid-19, the figures must have gone even higher, resulting in various problems related to vision, sleep, anxiety, stress, depression, and a more sedentary lifestyle.
Therefore, it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for us to reduce our screen times. Today, let’s see how to do that.
Easy strategies to reduce the effect of screen time on the eyes
Agreed, it sounds difficult to be parted from the device, as our lives have become so involved in and around them. But, reduction of the effect of mobile screen on eyes is certainly possible via practicing the following:
Track screen time and set limits
Make the effort to track how much time you actually spend starring at that glorious blue light, which from ‘behind-the-veil’ is causing you digital eyestrain. There are many apps on the internet as well as in-built apps in the settings of your mobile phones that can help you do it. Once you’re done with it, you can use this information to set limits that will help you prevent how screens affect your eyes.
Keep your phone out of your living room
Many of us use our phones as alarm clocks, meaning they are the last thing we see at night. It’s also the first thing we see in the morning, perhaps even before our eyes are fully open, impacting the quality of sleep. According to a 2017 study, the use of social media in the last 30 minutes before bed is independently associated with disturbed sleep among young adults.
So, the solution is to let your mobile phone stay in another room. Try not to look at screens an hour before bed, and buy an alarm clock to reduce digital eyestrain!
Remove unnecessary apps
Any app that tempts you into mindless usage of the mobile phone must be uninstalled. So, go through your phone and remove the unnecessary ones to cut down on the screen time affecting eyes.
Switch to a dark theme
The mobile screen’s effect on eyes can also be reduced by switching your phone to a grey display which is also known as the dark theme. It will automatically reduce the brightness of the screen resulting in reduced digital eyestrain.
Similarly, there are various ways in which you can control the effect of smartphones on the eyes, for instance by scheduling more face-to-face meetings, taking lesser pictures, picking up a new hobby, etc., etc. All these will eventually help you in the reduction of the effect of mobile screens on eyes.