Recent studies have shown the extent to which our device usage has grown. Here are a few interesting facts and statistics:
- Did you know that there’s a term for your phone addiction? Nomophobia is a fear of lack of access to technology
- Two-thirds of adults say the internet is an essential part of their life
- People in the UK now check their smartphones, on average, every 12 minutes of the waking day
- More than half admit that connected devices interrupt face-to-face conversations with friends and family
Figures are taken from recent research conducted by Ofcom in 2018.
1 in 5 adults say they spend more than 40 hours a week online
The average couple spends over 56 hours a week on their digital devices and less than 2.5 hours doing ‘anything’ together.
Help support Blind Veterans UK on 26th January by unplugging for 24 hours. #24Unplugged
To get involved click here: https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/fundraising-hub/24unplugged-home/
Unplug and recharge
As if raising urgent funds to end isolation amongst blind veterans wasn’t enough, here are a few reasons why taking a break from your device could help you live a happier, healthier life.
- A more active lifestyle: a day in front of screens is often a more sedentary one.
- Improved confidence: face-to-face interaction, over online, can help boost confidence.
- Improved posture: the amount of time spent leaning over small device screens can affect your back.
- Improved sleep: the blue light emitted by your devices reduces melatonin production in your body and interferes with your circadian rhythm, as well as damaging light-sensitive cells in the retina of the eye.