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Over the past decade our worlds have witnessed massive changes in the way we have integrated tech and media into our lives. Our devices have become more functional but also indispensable. Media multi-tasking has become tiring and distracting. Read more »
Over the past decade our worlds have witnessed massive changes in the way we have integrated tech and media into our lives. Our devices have become more functional but also indispensable. Media multi-tasking has become tiring and distracting.Although there is no one size fits all solution to this, here are five steps towards a healthy media diet….
Declare Tech Free Zones and Times:
Follow simple rules as “no phones at the dinner table” or “no texting after 9pm” or assigning certain areas of the home as tech free zones. Choose a rule and stick to it. Be accountable, perhaps a point system for following the plan maybe an incentive to the family.
Get the whole family to participate:
It is fun to walk the talk together and important that the whole family follows the rules together. The temptation is always greater when you see someone not following.
Coloured apps are designed to trigger your brain reward system and make you feel good. By choosing greyscale you limit the attraction to the device.
Limit what is on your home screen:
Put all the apps that distract you like games social networking apps into folders and move them to the second or third screen. Out of sight will definitely put it out of mind… at least for some time.
Be you own policeman:
Download apps to track your screen time, like Moment and Unglue…. These throw up astounding results. You invariably always use your phone way more than you think! The good thing is that these apps come with interesting features like annoying bells that if activated can help you limit your screen usage.
One thing is clear screen usage is here to stay, but Go ahead give this diet a shot….it may get you back in control. Life is always making quality choices!!
Madhu Kampani is a multi-tasking mom to a supportive sometimes amused teenage son and a feisty 12-year-old daughter. She holds degrees in law and has specialized in Women and Children Law. She has dabbled in psychology and is a hungry reader. Having worked different jobs from a Mumbai law firm, compliance and risk at an investment bank to helping a foundation with its CSR efforts, she has learnt that there is always an alternative narrative! She is however, happiest when she is writing and putting to paper thoughts that she is most passionate about.
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