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Why should you track your screen time?

By- Surajit

Many think that digital devices have changed the way we think and act, and indeed it has enabled us to become more productive from the comfort of our homes. But with its benefit comes colossal health issues that aren’t easy to avoid—apparently, the heavy usage of this digital device causes the problems in the first place. Many people don’t even get how much of their time they spend on the blue screen of devices. So, let’s dive deep into the article and find out why you should track your screen time. 

1. To control short-span usages with no productivity

According to research conducted by rescue time, 70% of the overall sessions a user spend on a smartphone are less than 2 minutes. What can you do in such a short time? You can drop a brief message to your boss, or you can take a peek at an online blog. But these things are very uncommon, and most of the short span checks contribute to social media usage. Social media isn’t all bad, but sometimes we excessively use it. Surprisingly, we don’t even get the idea that we’re excessively using it That’s why racking screen time can help to reduce such short-span usage and contribute to bringing down the overall usage. 

2. For better sleep

Devices take much time dedicated to our sleep. We sometimes end our work on a happy note and go to our bed early. But we take our smartphones with us to check social media for 5 minutes or browse YouTube for some time. This creates an unavoidable chain of action. This affects our general sleep cycle and keeps us awake or gives us sleepless nights, contributing to a bad mood for the rest of the day. You can set a timer for such long span activities using tracking platforms that will update you on how long have you been using your device.

3. To eliminate the sources of distraction

Psychologists have found that even brief mental blocks created by shifting between tasks costs as much as 40% of your productive time. These shifts usually come from your mobile phone. When you check your device with no real intention, usually the colourful social media or gaming apps attract your attention, and you fell into the trap. This affects the overall productivity and takes much unplanned time from your schedule. By tracking your screen time, you’d get the exact stats about how much time you’re investing in each apps resulting in a better understanding of the unnecessary time spent. 

4. To control mobile usage

According to research by rescue time involving 11,000 users, most people spend 3 hours and 15 minutes on smartphones. The top 20% of smartphone users’ daily screen time is 4.5 hours, which is way higher. Research also shows that working on our laptops is way more productive and distraction-free than working on smartphones. But this time is uncrackable because you’re not using the device for 4.5 hours straight but paying short term visits. If you can track your screen time on a mobile device, you can cut out unproductive usage and invest time in your other works. 

5. Technology causes health problems

A heavy user of a digital device can feel the pain in their eyes and head when they finally move away from a digital screen. These blue screens are physically and mentally draining and cause serious health issues, including blurriness in the eye and difficulty in hearing. Such cases are visible for the people who spend much time on their digital screens. 

We’re entering into a digital age, and because of the lockdown, our smartphones and laptops are more crucial than ever. But we have to remember that these devices are not our friends, and we should spend as little time as possible on these platforms. Maybe gardening or spending some time with family can contribute to a better mood. By tracking our time on these devices, we can control the time we spend on these devices. Slowly and effectively, we’ll reduce the time if we create a schedule and plan how much time we spend on each platform. This habit can make lasting changes to our overall health.

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