How You Can Reduce Your Cell Phone and Gadget Use in the Home

Let’s admit it: we are all addicted to our cell phones. Some of us may be more addicted than others,

How You Can Reduce Your Cell Phone and Gadget Use in the Home
Let’s admit it: we are all addicted to our cell phones. Some of us may be more addicted than others, but at the end of the day, many – if not all – of us cannot imagine living without this handy gadget. But if you feel that your cell phone use has taken over your life – and the lives of your family members– then you can do something about it. While we can't just get rid of our cell phones, you can do some things to help you reduce your cell phone and gadget use at home. Whether you're worried about too much exposure to electromagnetic fields emitted by your cell phone or would rather have a more ‘natural' bonding time with your family, here's how you can reduce your cell phone and gadget use in the home. 

Appraise your use 

You can begin by figuring out how much you use your cell phone each day. You can download special apps which help you measure your cell phone use. If you see how much time you actually spend on your cell phone, this may allow you to take a step back and take a more realistic point of view of the situation. It’s a shock for many when they find out how much time they spend on their cell phones, so this may be a good wake up call. 

Take breaks from technology 

You can also reduce your cell phone and gadget use with a straightforward solution: take a break. For instance, you can let yourself look at your cell phone or laptop for one minute. Then just close the apps or programmes you are looking at which you don't require for a particular task. Set your phone on silent mode and set a 15-minute alarm before you look at your cell phone or laptop again. Once the alarm is set off, browse through your cell phone or laptop for another minute. As you learn to concentrate more, you can increase your ‘breaks' to 20 minutes, 30 minutes, or more. 

Establish a ‘zero tech’ time and zone 

Another effective thing you can do is establish a ‘zero tech' time and zone for your family. For example, when you are having a meal as a family, you can enforce a ‘no cell phone' policy. You can also choose a time when nobody uses gadgets in your home, such as two hours before sleeping, which can also help you unplug devices such as routers earlier on, which can further reduce your exposure to EMFs. 

Additionally, you can designate particular spots or areas as ‘zero tech’ zones, such as the sofa or the breakfast table. You can go a step further by designating a specific day as a ‘tech fasting' day, such as Sunday. On ‘tech fasting' day, no one is allowed to check their devices, and you can unplug routers, computers, and so on. 

If you’re worried about cell phone and gadget use because of what you’ve heard about EMF exposure, you can opt for extra protection by making use of a cell phone radiation protection product (chips, shields, and so on) which can enhance the EMF protection of your entire family. 

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Updated Date: 14 October 2018, 18:06

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