What are your screen time habits?

screen-time-self-assessment

You know those presidential fitness assessments you took as a kid? Well, this post is like that, only it’s not about fitness and you’ll be spared the humiliation of trying to touch your toes next to a bendy, double-jointed person (there’s always that one kid…).

Below is a different kind of assessment (no hoisting your body weight up to a bar required). It’s a list of common screen time behaviors that’ll help you gauge what your personal screen time habits are. Forewarning: this isn’t scientific, and many of the statements below ask you to make subjective value judgments. I’m confident you’ll be able to push through anyway, because you’re smart like that.

Here are the rules: Read the list and make a mental flag of all the statements that fit your habits. That’s it. Now GO.

Screen Time Self-Assessment

I’m on my phone checking updates before I even roll out of bed
Half or more of my work is done on a computer
I watch tv/media when I’m working out
I scroll through social media and texts when I’m waiting at stoplights
I pull out my phone when I’m standing in line at stores or waiting for appointments
I eat meals with my phone on the table
I always have my phone beside me
I attend meetings at work with my phone on the table
I browse the Internet during meetings
My media habits stay the same when I travel
I watch TV/videos to relax in the evenings
I watch TV/videos to help me fall asleep
I watch TV/videos when I’m getting ready in the morning
I have a TV/media screen in my kitchen
I watch TV/videos when I’m cooking/doing chores
I watch TV/videos when I’m eating
I scroll on my phone/tablet while watching TV
I read books on a screen
I get my news on a screen
Half or more of my shopping is done online
I play video games in my free time
I see a lot of movies at the theater
I refresh my social feeds to see what’s new

Done? See-that was easy.

Here’s how I answered the screen time questions

I’m on my phone checking updates before I even roll out of bed
Half or more of my work is done on a computer
I watch tv/media when I’m working out
I scroll through social media and texts when I’m waiting at stoplights
I pull out my phone when I’m standing in line at stores or waiting for appointments
I eat meals with my phone on the table
I always have my phone beside me
I attend meetings at work with my phone on the table
I browse the Internet during meetings
My media habits stay the same when I travel
I watch TV/videos to relax in the evenings
I watch TV/videos to help me fall asleep
I watch TV/videos when I’m getting ready in the morning
I have a TV/media screen in my kitchen
I watch TV/videos when I’m cooking/doing chores
I watch TV/videos when I’m eating
I scroll on my phone/tablet while watching TV
I read books on a screen
I get my news on a screen
Half or more of my shopping is done online
I play video games in my free time
I see a lot of movies at the theater
I refresh my social feeds to see what’s new

I consider myself to be pretty strict about screens, especially when and how I use my smartphone. But still—because I work full-time and also on this blog on the side, I spend 11-12 hours per weekday on a screen. That’s 84% of my day (excluding sleep) that I’m on a screen. I feel like that’s too much.

I’m curious: How’d your list compare to mine? Any thoughts on your habits based on your answers?

Related: Could you cancel your home Internet service?

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