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AN OFCOM report says we spend an average of 25 hours a week on the internet. If you want to know how and when to switch off, here are some useful tips.

1 No phones at the table: On average, we look at our phones 110 times a day and 40% of us have been "smart snubbed" - ignored by someone looking at their phones at the table. So set aside your phone during meals, and keep it out of sight when you're with friends.

2 Talk to your partner face to face: Lots of couples spend more time looking at their screens than each other, which can contribute to a lack of intimacy. So spend time connecting by turning off the TV, phone and computer, and do more things together.

3 Exercise: Not only does exercise release feel-good endorphins, it separates you from your phone. Whether you do a yoga class or work out in the gym, make sure you don't take your phone with you.

4 Set time limits: The first step is to stop using your device two hours before bedtime as the blue light from your devices disrupts your sleep. As a next step, while at work you could decide to only check your phone at 9am, noon and 4pm for five minutes.

5 Put your phone on silent: On silent, your phone won't be constantly ringing and popping up with messages and notifications, so you're in charge of when you check it.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 17, 2017
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