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14 AprDigital Well-being for students (infographic)


Due to the impact coronavirus has played in our lives, most of us are spending far more time online and on screens. With this increase in digital time being spent, It’s important to think about how we use that time. More so on the potential impact this may be playing on our health and well-being.

The worldwide web has provided us with an abundance of solutions but can also have an adverse effect. Nonetheless, spending time online does not always have to be negative and can offer many positives. It is however relevant to how it is being used that will define whether it has a positive or negative effect.

The online world can help us in a number of ways. From feeling more connected to others, more productive, and more engaged to entertainment access, intellectual stimulation and fun. It can however also make us feel disconnected, tired or irritable. It is hence crucial to find as much balance as possible between time on and off screens and to be mindful of how time online is spent.

And as many students worldwide have to sit important exams in the next few weeks or months, it is paramount that time online is spent productively. Whether that is setting a “time curfew”, making sure to spend time away from screens or prioritizing human contact there are a few steps you can follow to minimise the negative effects.

So let’s have a look at some highly useful tips our team has come up with below.

So let’s list down the tips provided above, and take note of them for future use:

SET A TIMER

We underestimate the time we use our devices! Make sure you set a timer or use your device’s screen monitoring tools to help set up boundaries for use.

DIGITAL CURFEW

Just like you, your devices need a bedtime too. An hour before you go to bed, put your device away to give your brain and eyes a break from the blue light of the screen. Plus, it’s a perfect time to read a book!

FOCUS MODE

Our minds cannot multitask. Need to get your homework done but are distracted by videos? Put your device into focus mode and you can get your task done faster and have better concentration.

PRIORITIZE PEOPLE

Connect with friends and family by being present in conversations and activities. Silence your phone and put it away so that you can put the most important people first in your life.

DEVICE FREE MEALS

Make meals a no phone zone! Great for connection and developing healthy eating habits. Being distracted can cause you to overeat since it takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to know that you ate.

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