How many screens are within your view at this very moment?
Remember, it didn’t used to be like this. Not too many years ago, you were hard-pressed to find a smartphone user in a crowd.
Now, look at all of the screens available. It feels like everyone is looking at screens all the time. They are both bigger (70″ LED TV’s, Phablet screens) and smaller (Tablets, smartphones, Wearable technology) and just more prevalent overall.
This trend will not be stopping anytime soon, either. More average Americans use computers while at work, as well as when they get home. That means we are also spending more time looking at all of these new screens.
Here’s some advice from a recovering tech junkie:
Watch your Time
In Financial Peace University the Marketing lesson, Dave Ramsey talks about having your “shields up” when tackling debt because there are so many businesses out there trying to take your money.
The same is true today with Time.
Time has become our most precious commodity. In a world of “Freemium” business models, companies now want your time more than ever. The more screens you have, the more you need to be aware of what you’re doing while on them.
Time is Money. It’s another currency. Extra screens mean more potential for spending time. How often have you lost track of time on a screen?
Giving your time & attention to a screen is saying “This is what’s important to me right now” whether you realize it or not. Well, is it important?
You need to be able to answer that question consciously, or your sub-conscious will answer for you.
Financial experts say to watch the little purchases, they add up to a significant portion of money. The same is true with time. Pay attention to those little time payments, they could turn into huge time-sucks.
Be conscious of what you’re doing and don’t let someone else dictate your actions.
I make it a point to do this while watching movies. The director did not intend for me to watch this movie with one eye on my phone or laptop, so I’ll make it a point to keep anything out of reach that I may be tempted with, in order to enjoy the movie.
Just like with money & getting sidetracked, it’s easy to Facebook-check yourself to death too.
Remember that you can only really look at one at a time, anyway.
Take a Break
If you feel like your eyeballs are going to pop out of your head, walk away. Look at an object that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Make sure you are blinking correctly & regularly. There are even special glasses for those who look at screens for extended periods during the day.
It’s easy to center your life around your devices. Even as someone who loves checking out the latest gadgetry, I try not to make these things the center of my life. That happens by having my “shields up” and making conscious decisions with my time.
How do you feel about the prevalence of additional devices everywhere? Has it changed the way you consume content?