Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz was picking up her children at a day care in Houston, TX, when she spotted a new sign welcoming her at the door.
“You are picking up your child! GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!!! Your child is happy to see you! Are you not happy to see your child??”
Farris posted the photo on Facebook last Friday and it has been shared more than one million times.
She said she has not seen anyone on their phones since the sign went up.
“I think (the message) definitely resonates with people,” she said. “And it’s not just at the day care, it’s anywhere.”
However, these parents are not the only people who are addicted to their phones. According to the latest report by Ofcom, the communications industry regulator, the average amount spent online has more than doubled from 9.9 hours a week 10 years ago to 20.5 hours.
Meanwhile, a separate report suggests that the average Briton checks their phone 50 times in one day. And, in America, researchers have released a 20-point questionnaire to establish quite how addicted you are to your phone. However there are a few simple steps that you can take to reduce your usage time:
- Be conscious of the situations and emotions that make you want to check your phone. Is it boredom? Loneliness? Anxiety? Maybe something else would soothe you.
- Be strong when your phone beeps or rings. You don’t always have to answer it. In fact, you can avoid temptation by turning off the alert signals.
- Be disciplined about not using your device in certain situations (such as when you’re with children, driving, or in a meeting) or at certain hours ( for instance, between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.).