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When it comes to limiting screen time on social media, TV, or video, we often point the finger to our children. However, adults spend just as much time in front of their screens as children. Whether it is a computer, television, or phone, adults should also learn how to limit screen time and perhaps attend a social media addiction treatment program, if needed.

If you are like most adults, you probably spend over ten hours per day using a computer, phone, or a television. You may spend this time surfing the web, getting on social media, or streaming a movie. Regardless of what you are doing, ten hours per day is a large block of time.

How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

The question, “How much screen time is too much” is hard to measure because, like many other addictions, it affects people in different ways. When deciding how much screen time is too much, consider factors such as:

  • The content on the screen
  • The media format
  • Characteristics of the media (violence, pornography, drama, etc.)
  • How much time you spend per day
  • What else you are doing when you are in front of the screen

In addition, you need to determine what you are neglecting when you are spending time in front of the screen. For instance, how much time do you spend with your family? Are you constantly late for work? Are there responsibilities that you are ignoring so that you can spend time in front of the screen? Is your screen time cutting into your sleep? Answering all of these questions can also help you determine whether or not you need to attend Lakewood, CO mental health therapy programs.

How to Limit Screen Time For Adults

When you take all of these factors into consideration, you should have a good idea of whether or not you are spending too much time in front of your phone, computer, or television. If you are, here are some ideas for how to limit screen time for adults.

1. Use Your Voice Assistant

One of the great things about a voice assistant is that you can gather information or perform a wide range of functions that take the place of going online. You can order pizza, check the weather, quick-message someone, play games, or find out the latest news.

2. Delete All of Your Social Apps

Social media is designed to keep you engaged. However, if you delete all of your social media apps on your phone or tablet, you are less likely to get on your account as much. You do not have to delete your accounts. Just limit your time to checking them only when you are on your computer.

3. Get Out of the House More

There are lots of activities you can do out of the house that keeps you off the screens. Start a hobby, spend time with friends, or start a gym membership. If you spend time away from home, you are less likely to rack up your screen time hours. You’ll also be less likely to develop a smart phone addiction. Thus, you’ll be less likely to need a smartphone addiction treatment program.

4. Engage with People Face-to-Face

Rather than texting, messaging, emailing, or posting on social media, try spending more time with people face-to-face. Schedule meetings in a conference room, go out to lunch, or plan some fun activities with your family.

Get Help for Your Addiction

If you can’t seem to reduce or stop your screen time, you may have developed a real addiction. If so, you can seek help from a program that treats social media addiction so you can learn how to limit screen time.

AspenRidge Recovery offers help for social media addiction or any other type of screen time addiction. In addition to social media and Internet addiction, we offer various types of other addiction treatments such as:

To find out more about the services we provide and how to limit screen time, call us at 866.977.8625. We are here to help!

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