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For better health and social care

Young People Encouraged to have a Phone Free 15 Minutes Every Day


A survey carried out by the Cyber Aware campaign and YoungMinds reveals that 26% of people surveyed spent more than 3 hours a day on their smartphones. However, 60% of 18 to 25 year-olds agreed that they would benefit from taking a short break.

While smartphones and computers make the whole online world available to us, this is not always a positive thing. The reality can sometimes be that access to smartphones creates pressure to be constantly available and to compare our own lives with the seemingly 'perfect' lives of others.

As a result, the mental health charity YoungMinds is encouraging young people to have at least 15 phone-free minutes every day. Whilst 15 minutes might not seem like a lot of time, it might allow not just young people, but all smartphone users, to do other things that contribute to our overall health and wellbeing.

Read more about the issue or find out how you can get guidance on how to deal with online pressures like staying safe in the virtual wide world.