So you want to take a digital break? Or maybe you just want your kids get unglued from their devices for more than 5 seconds? Here’s the deal: It may not be as simple as it seems. And going cold turkey may not be the best option.
Here’s the data: Larry Rosen, a psychologist and professor emeritus at California State University, Dominguez Hills, researched the subject and found that students became more — not less! — stressed when they could hear their phones ring but couldn’t answer them. Think silencing is the answer? Nope: Even when phones were turned off (but within sight), subjects’ heart rate and other vital signs spiked.
Rosen suggests a better approach is actually training your brain to live without the constant texting, notifications and updates. He calls them “tech breaks” and suggests weaning yourself off your iExistence by going for a full 15 minutes without checking in. Then you get a full 60 seconds to do your digital thing. Over time, that 15 minutes can extend to a half hour. Half hour? That’s enough time to have dinner without sending a text!
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