Two key figures from a recent survey by Screen Education (you can find the study here):
- 69% of the 18-25 year-olds surveyed said they would like to spend more time socializing face to face (a.k.a. in the physical world) rather than online.
- 65% of the respondents said they wished they were better able to limit the amount of time spent on their phones.
In a recent article I shared with you my view that spending too much time on our screens makes us lonely. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that we should all stop using our phones and stop spending time online. I don’t think there’s anything intrinsically wrong with the virtual world.
But there is definitely a problem when:
a) Online takes over our offline interactions,
b) We have difficulties controlling our behavior.
And the two figures that I shared with you today tell me that there is a problem. So how can we build a constructive and safe framework around the virtual world, to help us to make the best use of it? How can we unplug meaningfully?