Town of Canmore

Disconnect

The devices that we interact with each day provide so many opportunities – whether it’s chromebooks for learning at school; phones that give us the power to stay in touch or stay organized; or apps that simply allow us to have fun –  the progress of these various devices have shifted the very way that we’re living our lives.With so much of our day-to-day revolving around these devices, particularly our phones, research is showing some concerning results from this increased time in front of screens, for both children and adults. We have unequivocal evidence that too much time with our devices has become not only a barrier to the amount of time we spend outside, but also a barrier to our creativity, our conversations, and to the very way we interact with one another. It’s not only affecting our physical health, but our mental, emotional and spiritual health as well.

Screen Time Effects

All of the information out there can be overwhelming and sometimes feel too negative. But it’s important to understand this since it’s such an ongoing part of our daily lives.

For Adults: 
(Stats from  Irresistible by Adam Alter)

  • A study of 200,000 participants around the world examined our relationship with smartphones. 41% of those participants were deemed to have a behavioural addiction to their phone.
  • The average iPhone user spends 4-5 hours/day looking at their phone. Over the course of an adult life, this equates to 11 years worth of time staring at your phone.
  • Research shows that scrolling endless through Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or Facebook is resulting in increased rates of depression, loneliness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and suicide risk.
  • A recent poll showed that 74% of Canadians prefer to spend time inside instead of going outside even though 87% of those same adults answered that they know spending time in nature makes them happier.

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