By Eun Lee
Have you ever considered how much time you spend on your phone? Have you thought about the things you may be missing out on because you are too busy staring down at the phones? What if you chose to unplug for several brief moments during the day?
As I relaxed on the sandy beach of Koh Rong Samloem over the long weekend, I noticed something: the absence of my phone. No quick checks turning into aimless hourlong scroll sessions on Instagram or Facebook or constant messages on Telegram and I was OK. In fact, I felt good that I could focus my energy on being present and in the moment. I could feel the warmth of the sun and the soft sand between my toes, hear the calming sound of the waves and see the many shades of blue water.
As per research company called eMarketer, the average U.S. adult spends 3 hours and 43 minutes on their mobile devices. That is roughly 50 days a year. Most people check their phones 58 times a day and Thirty of those times are during work hours.
Reducing screen time frees up more time to appreciate what is around you and to connect with family and friends. Once in a while, even when you are not on vacation, why not establish tech-free zones, remove unnecessary apps or purposefully leave your phone behind?
Don’t miss out on your life. Perhaps by setting your phone aside, you may find what you need to fill that void.
Zalani, Rochi. “Average Screen Time: Statistics 2021.” ECM, https://elitecontentmarketer.com/screen-time-statistics/.Accessed 10 Jan.2002.