Letter to the Editor: Challenge yourself to disconnect during Screen-Free Week

Screen-Free Week

Smartphones are an essential part of everyday life and help us do so many things. However, in a UScellular survey, nearly 75 percent of respondents said they spend at least an hour on social media every day, with 24 percent spending three to four hours per day.

Nearly a third of respondents said they want to take an intentional break from their phones, making Screen-Free Week, May 6-12, a great opportunity for people to spend time away from their screens and reset their relationship with technology.

Challenge yourself to take some screen-free time. This can help foster a healthier relationship with technology as well as provide a variety of other benefits. Consider spending time reconnecting with family and friends, being outside or discovering a new hobby or passion. 

This is also a good opportunity for parents to establish healthier digital boundaries with their children. UScellular and Screen Sanity’s Smarter Start Toolkit has educational and actionable tools, tips and an agreement for both parents and kids, so everyone can use technology in a more thoughtful way.

While it may be easier said than done, small changes can lead to big rewards. Once you commit to creating healthy digital habits and occasionally disconnecting from the screens, you’ll see the benefits and find balance in the digital world.

Mike Burwell
Director of sales and operations for UScellular in Missouri

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