Wellness Wednesday – 5/20/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
The Average American Will Spend Decades Looking at Screens
How much time do you spend looking at a screen? Chances are, if you’re like most Americans, you could be spending anywhere from five to ten hours looking at your phone, computer or TV.
In an eye-opening study reported by StudyFinds.org, researchers claim that the average adult will spend decades of their life staring at screens. The study took a poll of 2,000 adults and found that the average person will spend 34 years looking at screens, or 297,840 hours. The poll also found that video calls have doubled during the quarantine; this has added a significant spike to the average use of screen time.
Too much screen time is tough on the eyes, and not taking breaks can result in eye strain and potentially permanent damage. It’s a tough balance; the digital world has opened up a whole new world of work, media and entertainment, but the best thing you can do for yourself is take routine breaks. I have recently subscribed to the “20-20-20 Rule.” The rule advises you take a break every 20 minutes, look away for 20 seconds and turn your attention to something at least 20 feet away. Try looking out the window, or even just taking a walk around the house. This is a great way to avoid eye strain.
But the best method to avoid eye strain is to take long-term periods off from screen time, and that’s where our next study comes in.
Home Gardening Could Be Your Best Route to Relaxation
When in doubt, turn to the garden. This is the finding of a Princeton study published in Landscape and Urban Planning.
The study tracked 370 Minneapolis-St. Paul residents’ emotional well-being during common activities like walking, bus riding, shopping and dining. Researchers found that a third of people do gardening at home for an average of 90 minutes per week, and this was correlated with higher levels of happiness. Gardeners of all types reported higher levels of happiness and relaxation, and vegetable gardeners particularly reported feeling high levels of meaningfulness and self-satisfaction.
With spring just beginning summer around the corner, now is as good of a time as any to start your home garden. Take a break from the screens and get planting!