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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Ready to make some new resolutions for 2020? How about spending less time attached to your smartphone?

Getting away from our smartphones is hard. But it helps to start small. By gradually spending less time on your device, you can maintain a healthier, balanced relationship with technology. Andrew Moore Crispin, Director of Content at Ting Mobile shares some simple ways to steadily fine-tune your habits toward a balanced digital life:

Go back to basics. Cool and flashy features are very distracting, so focus on using your phone for simple purposes.

Go gray. Switching your display to grayscale or dark mode makes visually intensive content less compelling to look at, making you less motivated to check your phone that lacks stimulating colors.

Pare down on apps. Start getting rid of the apps you don’t use on a regular basis, along with any games and social media. This cuts it down to your essentials such as calling, messaging, and maybe one or two entertainment apps.

Say no to notifications. Free yourself from messages, reminders, emails and voicemails that don’t need your immediate attention. Cut unnecessary and distracting buzzes, pings and alerts out of your day.

About The Author

Dasha Peipon

Dasha is originally from Ukraine (it’s in the heart of Europe, look it up on the map if you want!) and moved to Mississippi with her family in September 2017. Before that she lived in Massachusetts and Maryland. She guesses they have a thing for “M” states. She is a writer, an editor, a teacher and the type of mom that never sits still. Being part of Parents & Kids has been helpful for her goal of finding places to explore with her kids, getting plugged in and her family becoming true Mississippians.

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