A study conducted by Ofcom (the U.K.’s telecommunications regulator) in 2018, showed that teenagers in the U.K. are spending about eight hours a day in front of a screen. Eight. That’s right. Eight hours. 8.
Whether it’s phone, laptop, tablet or TV, on average it all adds up to eight hours each day. And remember, that’s an average amount. Some of you reading this will be less… but some of you reading this will be more! And you know what? That’s OK. We’re here to help. If you’re willing to accept our help, that is. Some of you might be thinking that you’re perfectly happy and don’t need help. Maybe you’re sitting there wondering – what’s the big deal? Well, let’s have a look…
The 24 hours that we are all gifted on a daily basis can be divided into a few categories. Roughly speaking, 8 hours per day are spent sleeping, 8 hours spent working, and 8 spent in our free time. You see, the problem isn’t actually what you’re doing on your screens… the problem is what all this excess screen time takes away from. Too much screen time will steal time away from other areas of your life, sometimes your working time, and sometimes your sleeping time (we’re sure you can all relate).
Yes, you have 8 hours of free time available, but they’re not ALL for screen time. There are other things which are important too. Exercise, eating, learning new skills, showering (hopefully) and of course going to the toilet (although, let’s face it, we still manage to have some screen time in there too).
We want to help you see what’s really going on. We want to show you just how much there is to be gained from regulating your screen time. The question you should be asking yourself just now is quite simply this: Could you be using some of your time in a better, healthier, more fulfilling way?