I recently got blue light glasses from Warby Parker because my job as a technology teacher requires me to stare at a computer all day long. Don't get me wrong, I still have perfect eyesight, but I wanted to keep it that way.
Now anytime I look at a computer screen or phone, I have to put on these glasses. The first day I wore them, I was constantly putting on my glasses and taking them off. I would put on my glasses to scroll Instagram then promptly take them off. Then I would put my glasses back on to check my email, and take them off again.
After a week of putting them on and taking them off, I decided to just wear them the entire day. I spent far too much time looking at screens! You could argue that I look at screens for my job, but I was having to put on the glasses before I went to the bathroom because I would look at my phone for a few minutes!
The worst (most hypocritical) part was that I was teaching my students about media balance and telling them to minimize their screen time. Yet I couldn't practice what I preached! Because of that, I decided to do a Content Cleanse to fix my mindless computer usage and media consumption. I spent lunch breaks meditating, stopped listening to as many podcasts, and started writing in a notebook instead of scrolling Instagram.
I don't think I gained any insight other than minimizing screen time gives you so much more time for other things. I started a blog (albeit online), I walked my dog more, and I even had dinners with my fiance without the tv on!
I want to continue this trend and hope you join me too. We can't complain about kids these days on their phones if we are doing the same.
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