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Digital detox isn't the answer. Try these steps to manage screen time

By Tracy Dennis-Tiwary

01 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The Post argues that a total digital detox won't work. Rather, identifying key problems and setting realistic goals is a better approach when aiming to improve your relationship with your screens.

Digital technologies are taking up an inordinate amount of our time and attention. Many of us will spend a significant part of our lives staring at screens.

As a psychologist, I've seen people who struggle with an unhealthy attachment to their devices. They miss out on satisfying relationships and feel more emotional distress. Some people, such as teen girls, are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of social media.

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