Step Back From Technology With A Digital Detox

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Adam Peruta, a professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is back with some simple tips to help you take a break from technology.

Did you know that the average person checks their phone 200 times a day and that number can equate to years spent on our smart devices? The good news is that you can start your own digital detox today without totally taking your technology away with these simple tips:

  1. Turn off your social media notifications. Avoiding the notifications alltogehter may help you to check your phone less frequently.
  2. Turn off the little red number notifications as well as lock screen notifications.
  3. Know where to locate and how to use the “do not disturb”  button on your phone.
  4. Putting your phone down before you go to bed will not only help make you less dependent on your phone, but could also help you sleep better at night. Looking at your phone right before bed stimulates the brain which could affect your, mood, sleep quality, and melatonin production. Adam also encourages you to keep your phone away from your bed to discourage checking for messages as soon as you wake up.
  5. Turn off email notifications, just like social media this will help reduce the need to check your phone constantly. If you receive numerous amounts of email unsubscribe from the ones you don’t need.
  6. Try calling your friends instead of texting and try going device free at mealtimes.
  7. Take a pen and pad of paper instead of lugging your laptop around. This will also help keep you from multitasking.
  8. Unplug those headphones! Listen to life happening around you. You will miss less and be more alert as to what is going on around you.

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