Trade screens for life

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Matthew McIn­er­ney Re­porter matthew.mcin­er­ney@apn.com.au

IF you felt a lit­tle guilty after read­ing Yana Holmes’ out­stand­ing per­sua­sive writ­ing piece, you def­i­nitely are not alone.

All I could think about when I was read­ing Yana’s stats was how much time I spend star­ing at var­i­ous screens.

Her fig­ures sug­gest the av­er­age per­son checks their phone about nine times per hour, which equates to about 110 times per day.

I don’t fit into the av­er­age cat­e­gory; I’m one of those peo­ple who are beyond the ob­ses­sive and check my phones (I use two) about 15-20 times an hour.

Add to that the count­less hours spent star­ing at a com­puter or tele­vi­sion, and you have to won­der when my eyes will morph into squares.

I’ve made at­tempts to wean my­self from screens and am on a bit of a life­style kick where I am join­ing in as many ac­tiv­i­ties as I can.

It con­cerns me to know how much of the “out­side world” – you know, ev­ery­thing that isn’t a screen – I have missed due to my “ad­dic­tion”.

So like Yana wrote, go out­side and kick a ball, you don’t know how much life is pass­ing you by and the op­por­tu­ni­ties you’re miss­ing out on.

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