Can phones ruin our lives?

First response to that will be no, but it is not true. New researches have found that our memory capacity, ability to process data, and general intelligence improves significantly when our smartphone is completely out of sight. Additionally, it was found that using a smartphone before bed can make it harder to fall asleep due to the blue light it emits. But one of the most important things that affect us is the one related to relationships.

Relations are so important but since the new digital era comes to our lives seems that phones are more important than people. People is paying more attention in devices that in his/her family or friends, this leads to antisocial and less empathetic behavior that ruining our lives. Are you aware of that? The dopamine hits we receive every time we get a push notification may be to blame, so much so that many of us have convinced ourselves that our push notifications are more important than who or what is around us.

We are continually scrolling obsessively through social media or checking our smartphone (studies shows that almost 85 times per day! And this often includes middle-of-the-night checks for work emails and new “likes”). We’re so obsessed that there’s now a word to describe a fear of being without your phone: “Nomophobia”. Everyday there are more and more addiction centers to people who spend all the time in games and internet, and some of them are just kids.

What should we do about this?

There are two paths to improving this situation. We can wait until a transformation of the technology change or we can do something by ourselves. Benefits will be more than you think: you will focus in the things that matter, be present, enjoy your relationships, sleep better and so more.

Offtime App can help you to balance your digital live, limit you time using your device to be present, focus in your work blocking your apps.

It is your decision, you decide how you want to spend your life, we just help you to improve it!

SOME IDEAS TO UNPLUG WITH YOUR FAMILY

Have a game day.

Restrict computer games to one day a week and allow your kids to really play on that one day, so that it becomes something to look forward to.

Take vintage photos and create your family scrapbook.

Buy a polaroid camera and take photos, after that you can add them to a scrapbook with stickers! It can be a fun activity.

Make a game of screen free time

Turn screen free time into a game, OFFTIME APP can help you, you can share your time off with all family and blocks every app that you choice during this time, your family will be unplug for the time to set.

Collect stones and painting them

Enjoy outside and pick some stones to paint at home.

Share chores

Share the cleaning, washing and domestic activities. Chores are much fun when you have a conversation while you are doing it.

Family game

Play a board game together or start a puzle.

Dance

Enjoy the music with your kids, move your body and let yourself go.

Play MASTERCHEF

Cook a meal altogether or just individually and see who the winner is.

Seek treasure

Create a treasure map and send your child on a treasure hunt.

Share the screen time

Every week you can share screen time with your family, for example, every Friday you can watch a film all together.

ARE YOU READY FOR A DIGITAL DETOX CHALLENGE?

Do you think you can control your life? Or your device control you?

It is time to look into a digital detox. It’s about getting you to learn you can live without your phone.

Simple Things to Do Before You Start

Find a partner. Sharing your experience with another person will help make you accountable for your behavior and for sticking with the detox.

Motivate. Identify five positive results that will come from cutting down or changing your technology use.

Support yourself. Write and post statements such as “I want to be in control of my choices around technology” around your home, car and office.

Buy a new journal for this detox. At the end of each day, write down something about your experience with the process.

So let’s get started.

  1. Download OFFTIME APP, the app’s intuitive analytics make it easy to identify your habits and take action to change them. This App lets you understand your digital habits through insightful graphs and appealing visualizations of your smartphone usage, clustered by daily, weekly, monthly and total usage reports.
  2. Limit yourself to 2 hours at day, just block the apps, notifications and calls and schedule OFFTIME APP for 2 hours a day when you like or just personalized the apps that you use the most to block them. Let OFFTIME time-out feature supports you with taking breaks from your phone. You can take those OFFTIMEs individually – or invite friends, families or colleges to a share OFFTIME.
  3. Refrain from holding your device in your hand or keeping it in your pocket when it’s not in use.
  4. Avoid using tech devices during the last hour before you go to bed. You’ve most likely heard that the blue light that your smartphone and tablet emit is bad for sleep. The reason is simple. Blue light is the shortest and brightest wavelength. These facts mean that blue light is able to intensely pierce human retinas’ photoreceptors. So, when the human brain senses blue light from a smartphone, it “sees” it as sunlight, and then “thinks” it’s daytime.
  5. Prevent using your smartphone while you are driving, working on something or being with your family or friends. Just enjoy the music, being with people or focus to get things done quickly.
  6. Spend 10 minutes doing nothing — on purpose. Sit still, be quiet, listen to the sounds, feel your breath, experience the sensations in your body.
  7. Make this moment matter, right now. Three times today, stop what you are doing and fully be where you are, sense your direct experience, allow things to be exactly as they are. Feel your own presence.

Benefits from put your phone down:

Unplugging will help clear your mind and focus on what is necessary and of priority like family, relationships, or your career.

Shutting off your phone before bedtime will enable you to get a good night sleep and all the benefits that comes with it: Better Physical Health, better learning, problem-solving skills, creativity and even better weight control.

Disconnecting from technology allows you to live more freely without pressure to impress and appreciate the simple things in your life and who you are, improving your personality.

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