Health Matters

Our Dependence on Screen Time

Prioritize face-to-face time.



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With so much screen use, how much is too much? Dr. Ashley M. Smith, a clinical psychologist in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine discusses the best ways to deal with it.

“Screen time includes social use and required activities for work and school. The increase in learning and working remotely since the pandemic, may make cutting down total screen time difficult.”

“While some research suggests setting time limits on screen use, what's most important to consider is the impact excessive screen time can have on your health and wellbeing.”

“If you are experiencing poor sleep quality, avoid all screen use about 30 minutes before bed.”

“When eating, make sure to plan and portion food or snacks to avoid "screen snacking" as this can lead to overeating.”

“Prioritize face-to-face time to promote quality in-person interactions which can boost mood.”

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