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Sitting is the New Smoking: Screen Time vs. Health

Sitting is the New Smoking: Screen Time vs. Health

Sitting is the New Smoking: Screen Time vs. Health

Over the last ten years, we often find ourselves spending more time in front of screens than ever before. The abundance of technology and the demands of modern work frequently result in long periods of sitting. The consequences of this lifestyle go far beyond physical discomfort; they affect our productivity and general well-being.

In this article, we will explore the relationship between screen time, sedentary living, and its impact on our health and productivity. We'll also delve into practical tips to strike a balance between technology and a more active, stimulating life.

Why Not Making Exercise is a Problem

🪨 The Sedentary Epidemic

One of the prevailing ills of our century is one we underestimate the most: a sedentary lifestyle. Modern life has brought with it a wave of conveniences, including the use of screens for work, entertainment, and communication. As a result, we find ourselves spending a huge amount of time sitting down, sometimes for more than 7 hours a day.

In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), a statistic reveals that only 60% of the population in France meets their recommendations for physical activity. This statistic is not unique to France; it is a concern worldwide. Our prolonged periods of inactivity have profound implications for our physical and mental health.

🤕 Physical Health Deterioration

For those who lead a predominantly sedentary life, the medical community is witnessing an increasing number of patients suffering from physical deconditioning. This phenomenon arises from a lack of movement and exercise, leading to a reduction in muscle strength. The consequences extend beyond muscle atrophy; sedentary living increases the risk of various health issues.

Moreover, the sedentary lifestyle is associated with a greater risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. The WHO estimates that physical inactivity is responsible for 5% of coronary heart disease, 7% of type 2 diabetes, and significant proportions of breast and colon cancer cases.

😮‍💨 Mental Fatigue and Reduced Focus

Engaging in physical activity enables you to step away from your screens. Physical activity aids in clearing the mind and preventing cognitive overload. Because, when we're overwhelmed by stimulations, our ability to concentrate and make clear decisions diminishes. As a result, productivity suffers, and tasks that should take minutes end up dragging on for hours.

Over the last ten years, we often find ourselves spending more time in front of screens than ever before. The abundance of technology and the demands of modern work frequently result in long periods of sitting. The consequences of this lifestyle go far beyond physical discomfort; they affect our productivity and general well-being.

In this article, we will explore the relationship between screen time, sedentary living, and its impact on our health and productivity. We'll also delve into practical tips to strike a balance between technology and a more active, stimulating life.

Why Not Making Exercise is a Problem

🪨 The Sedentary Epidemic

One of the prevailing ills of our century is one we underestimate the most: a sedentary lifestyle. Modern life has brought with it a wave of conveniences, including the use of screens for work, entertainment, and communication. As a result, we find ourselves spending a huge amount of time sitting down, sometimes for more than 7 hours a day.

In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), a statistic reveals that only 60% of the population in France meets their recommendations for physical activity. This statistic is not unique to France; it is a concern worldwide. Our prolonged periods of inactivity have profound implications for our physical and mental health.

🤕 Physical Health Deterioration

For those who lead a predominantly sedentary life, the medical community is witnessing an increasing number of patients suffering from physical deconditioning. This phenomenon arises from a lack of movement and exercise, leading to a reduction in muscle strength. The consequences extend beyond muscle atrophy; sedentary living increases the risk of various health issues.

Moreover, the sedentary lifestyle is associated with a greater risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. The WHO estimates that physical inactivity is responsible for 5% of coronary heart disease, 7% of type 2 diabetes, and significant proportions of breast and colon cancer cases.

😮‍💨 Mental Fatigue and Reduced Focus

Engaging in physical activity enables you to step away from your screens. Physical activity aids in clearing the mind and preventing cognitive overload. Because, when we're overwhelmed by stimulations, our ability to concentrate and make clear decisions diminishes. As a result, productivity suffers, and tasks that should take minutes end up dragging on for hours.

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Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

Made simple. See by yourself.

⚡️

💜

🔒

⌨️

🌿

🌿

🌙

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

All made simple. See by yourself.

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

Made simple. See by yourself.

⚡️

💜

🔒

⌨️

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Strategies for Balancing Screen Time and Productivity

Now that we understand the detrimental effects of excessive screen time on productivity, let's get practical. Here are a few tips to help you manage your screen time and force yourself to exercise more every day.

⏳ Set Screen Time Limits

It's important to set boundaries for specific apps, particularly the more distracting ones. The goal is not to completely cut yourself off from these services, but rather to restrict their usage so they don't occupy all your time.

There's a good way of doing this: App Limits. Set yourself a daily budget. Once the delay has elapsed, all you have to do is find something else to do, away from your phone.

🏃‍♀️ Prioritize Physical Activity Instead of Scrolling

Make a conscious effort to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. The WHO recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week. Find a physical activity you enjoy to make it a sustainable part of your life.

You can use Jomo to help you get away from your screens easily. With conditions, Jomo lets you block an application until you've completed a specific task. For example, if your goal is to run for 20 minutes every evening, set yourself a Condition > New habit > Run for 20 minutes to unlock TikTok or Netflix. That way, you'll have to run to unlock these apps!

🧭 Explore Alternative Activities

Consider exploring non-screen-related hobbies and activities. There are countless options available, and chances are you'll find something you genuinely enjoy. Whether it's a sport, a craft, or a new skill, diversifying your interests can provide a refreshing break from screens.


Managing screen time is essential to maintaining productivity and overall well-being. Excessive screen time can lead to physical and mental health issues. By setting screen time limits, prioritizing physical activity, taking regular screen breaks and exploring alternative activities, find the right balance. Remember, screens are a tool, not a way of life, and striking that balance is key to thriving.

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