R U OK? Day - Think about your Digital Well-being
Yesterday was R U OK? Day, a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask "Are you ok?" and support those struggling with life. R U OK? Day is built around the core message that One conversation could change a life.
While our team of Digital Specialists spend a lot of time championing digital marketing solutions, we are not blind to the effects that the digital landscape has had on our communities across Australia.
According to Google Research, studies across different countries and cultures showed similar results.
"Mobile devices loaded with Social Media, email and news apps, were creating a constant sense of obligation, generating unintended personal stress."
You might see this in yourself and your business or your kids and how they are constantly connected to one or more devices.
R U OK? Day gave us the perfect opportunity to share a few ways where you can better manage your time on your digital devices and reduce the unintended personal stress that these devices can cause by being in the moment and enjoying it.
iPhone users can take advantage of the Do Not Disturb feature
Slide up and press the Quarter Moon highlighted in yellow and this will automatically stop your phone from alerting you to notifications, just like muting your TV.
The beauty of this feature is you can determine what is muted and what is not.
In your settings you can allow calls from your Favourites. As an example you can mute calls from Work and still take calls from your child or partner.
You can choose to allow calls from people who call more than once within 3 minutes.
Or, have Do Not Disturb mode activate automatically when you are driving.
Apps for Smart Phone
Applications that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store like Realizd allows users to see how many hours they have spent on their phones in a day and how many times they picked their phones up! This helps to make you more conscious of your screen time and perhaps set limits. Once you've hit 2 hours - no more screen time.
Social Media updates
Instagram has introduced a 'You're up to date' feature. As you're scrolling through your feed it will tell you that you have already seen the posts past that point. Make sure your social media applications are updated on your phone to take advantage of this feature.
It's important to consider if you are okay and to do that you might need to disconnect from all the distractions for a short while.