Some of us spend as much as 30 hours a week on our smartphones, according to research by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
That’s because we’re not just glued to screens.
We are spending an increasing amount of time on social media, shopping websites and coding websites.
Those hours aren’t getting any shorter.
And while we’re doing it, we’re also losing precious time to others.
We’ve all been there.
If you’re like us, you’ve had the time of your life watching YouTube videos, reading news stories, watching sports or watching the news on TV.
We get bored, too.
It’s a time we spend watching and watching and seeing, and then we get bored.
And that’s when we fall asleep.
It can happen with any of us.
But when it happens to us, it’s a lot worse than it sounds.
We spend so much of our waking hours on social networks, we end up spending far more time watching and playing video games than we did when we were kids.
Our mobile phones and tablet computers also get in the way, as we spend more time reading, browsing and talking than we do doing anything else.
So when we spend all of our time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, what do we do with all the time that we don’t spend on other activities?
We have less time.
And it can have a devastating effect on our mental health.
While we may not realize it, watching videos, watching news and watching sports on social networking sites can actually lead to mental health problems.
It means we’re less engaged in life and less likely to take care of ourselves.
The National Center for Health Statistics has found that people who spend an average of 15 minutes on social sites a day are significantly more likely to experience depressive symptoms than those who spend just 2 minutes a day.
They’re also less likely than the average person to be able to manage a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
And research has found we spend far more than our fair share of time online, too, because we spend way more time on mobile devices and tablets than we used to.
We’re spending far too much time playing video and social media.
If we’re watching YouTube or reading news, we spend an astounding amount of our days watching and doing nothing else.
And if we’re spending too much of that time on Snapchat, we don of course get bored and fall asleep too.
When it comes to getting our mental and physical health in check, the best thing you can do is spend as little time online as possible.
That means we spend about 40 minutes a week playing video on our phones and about 10 minutes a time online.
That doesn’t mean you can’t watch television or go to a movie.
But if you’re spending as much time as we do, the good news is that your mental and emotional health is much, much better when you’re online.
Here are five things you can start doing right now to get your digital time in order: Limit your social media time to no more than five minutes a month.
You should limit your time on any social networking site, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
You’re not limited to just five minutes of time a day on these sites, but you should limit it to just a couple of minutes a few times a week.
Even then, don’t let the hours dwindle by too much.
You can always find some time to play video games and read, or to read about what you’re reading.
But don’t get so busy that you’re doing the exact same thing over and over again.
Instead, limit your social network to just two minutes a couple times a day, and don’t play video at all.
Just like any other activity, the more time you spend playing, the less time you have for others to be around you.
The more time spent on social platforms, the harder it will be to stay engaged with the people you care about.
Don’t just spend time with those you’re friends with.
Spend time with people who you care deeply about.
When you’re in the same room as someone who you love and care deeply for, it takes more time to connect.
And when you do that, you’ll find that it’s easier to spend time in person with them, too (unless you’re a video gamer).
The more you spend time on your friends, the better off you’ll be.
Limit social media usage to a few hours a day or less. Don