If you’re going out with people and you’re all meeting together, just leave the phone at home. You’ll enjoy your time together much more.
This isn’t just kill-joy preaching, there’s science to back it up: people who spend more time on Facebook suffer higher rates of depression than people who spend less time on Facebook. [See for yourself]
Given the ease of access to social media platforms of all kinds, this is a significant threat to the wellbeing of every young person Citywise works with, mentors and staff included!
Don’t have time to watch the whole vid? Here are some of his top tips for setting healthy boundaries around how we use technology (good for anyone who owns a smartphone/watch/tablet, not just millenials!):
- Struggling to focus for example while doing homework, or in a meeting at work? Put it away. When you remove the temptation it’s easier not to get distracted.
- Constantly checking your phone while spending time with friends or family? If you’re going out with people and you’re all meeting/going home together, just leave the phone at home. You’ll enjoy your time together much more.
- Insomnia? Checking your phone in the middle of the night doesn’t help. Simple step: don’t charge your phone by your bed, leave it in a living room.
- “But it’s my alarm clock!” I’ll buy you an alarm clock!