This week the #weeklychallenge was to limit my screen time for a maximum two hours every day. I don't know why I picked that number and my usual screen time can be anything from three to five hours so two hours was a low number. I did this for a week and here are my conclusions:
1) I started seeing time spent on my phone differently. There is a saying that time is our most valuable asset. I think the problem why this is so hard to grasp is because we each day get so much new time to spend. Money on the other hand is limited. If we have 100 kr we know we will have 99 kr left if we spend 1 kr. With time, if we spend 1 hour on Instagram we can always procrastinate and do what we have to do or want to do later. When measuring my screen time, if I spent 1 minute on my phone I really did only have 1 hour and 59 minutes left. Time suddenly became a finite resource just like money.
2) I have come to see screen time similar to food. Food can be both good and bad for us (healthy food versus unhealthy food) and we usually have some kind of time slots during the day that we eat (e.g. breakfast, lunch and dinner). I want to view my screen time in the same way. I can consume it in a healthy versus unhealthy way (e.g. creating content versus scrolling without purpose on Instagram) and I want to check my phone fewer times during the day. With an iPhone you can see how many so called pickups you have during a day which is the number of times you open your phone. I usually score between 150 and 250 pickups a day. Let's say I am awake 16 hours a day. Then I have around 12 pickups per hours which is a lot. My conclusion is that I want to treat my phone like food - consume it in a healthy way - and do some actual work on it maybe five times a day.
3) Social media can both give and consume your energy. When limiting my screen time, my time on social media (which is 99 % instagram) was also naturally lowered. I then started to realize what actually gives versus consumes my energy. What gives me energy: a) Interacting with close friends, e.g. commenting on their posts and sending DMs b) Posting things on Business and Dreams, both posts and stories c) Interacting with people on Business and Dreams, e.g. replying to DMs and answering comments. What consumes my energy: a) Scrolling without purpose on my personal Instagram seeing things distant friends does. I therefore decided to unfollow people who I do not interact with in the real world. b) Just scrolling in the explore part of Instagram. I think Instagram's algoritms are really advanced because if you find one picture you like your whole feed are suddenly of similar pictures. My conclusion is that when I open Instagram I should have a clear purpose, e.g. uploading a picture.
So what will I do now? Since part of my work ison Instagram I found 2 hours a bit too little. My goal from now on is three hours which I think I will make. I will also start using my phone fewer times during the day.
What are your thoughts on this? <3