Celeb gues­guestguest ‘We all need to set time lim­its on our smart­phone ob­ses­sion’

EV­ERY WEEK WE BRING YOU A BRIL­LIANT GUEST COLUM­NIST THE TV S STAR AND BUSINESSWO BUSI­NESS­WOMAN, 49, SHARES HER OPIN­IONS...

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We are all a bit ob­sessed with our smart­phones, aren’t we? I’m as guilty as the next per­son. I have mine on all the time and it’s even by my bed at night. So I wasn’t re­ally sur­prised that a re­cent na­tion­wide poll re­vealed that a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion for al­most a quar­ter of smart­phone­mad Brits is to stop spend­ing so much time on so­cial me­dia in 2019. I spend a lot of time on my phone – run­ning a busi­ness, I want to be avail­able 24 hours a day. The best tips, for me, are to set time lim­its for how long I spend on it and talk to peo­ple, rather than tex­ting or email­ing them. I’ve been try­ing to use my phone less at week­ends. I do find it frus­trat­ing when I’m with some­one and they are con­stantly check­ing their mes­sages or so­cial me­dia. It makes you feel they are not valu­ing your time, or com­pany, and would rather be alone with their phone. When I’m out, I al­ways have the screen face down on the ta­ble, and switch it off if I’m in a meet­ing. No phones at the ta­ble would be my top rule for 2019 – but as my chil­dren, Sophia and Paolo, are 22 and 20 now, it might be a bit dif­fi­cult to put that in place in my house!

We need to watch how much time we spend on so­cial me­dia, too. It can also be bad for men­tal health. We all like to feel con­nected – it’s that fear of miss­ing out – but it can have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on young peo­ple and sucks them in. I think we all need to give our­selves a so­cial me­dia time limit and make sure we view In­sta­gram with a lit­tle per­spec­tive.

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