Cell Phone Usage Challenge
The typical cell phone user touches his or her phone 96 times every day. That’s once every 10 minutes.
Teenagers, on average, spend 7 hours and 22 minutes on their phones each day. Tweeners (8 to 12) spend 4 hours and 44 minutes each day. Adults average 3 to 4 hours a day.
Impact of too much cell phone usage:
Impacts short-term memory and problem solving.
Affects our sleep.
Feel more unhappy, depressed, and stressed.
The Grand View Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT) encourages teachers, parents, and students to try one or more of these challenges for the next seven days.
- Turn off notifications
Limit time on social media or games.
Put the phone away an hour before bedtime.
Turn on the do not disturb feature before going to bed.
Charge your phone away from your bed.
Put the phone away while eating.
Put your phone away when you get home.
Things to do instead of looking at your phone:
Read a book
Draw, paint, or create something artistic
Take a walk
Ride a bike
Visit your grandparents
Write in a journal
Make a bucket list
Play a board game
Listen to music
Hang out with friends/family
Clean your room
Go through your closet
Rearrange your bedroom
Learn to cook something new
Cuddle with your dog
Work on a puzzle
Make a scrapbook
Watch a sunrise or sunset