Many of us are guilty of spending far too much time on our phones and not enough time on the things in life that really matter 鈥 like other people. Relationships can often suffer because one person (or both people!) uses tech too much instead of spending quality time with the other person.聽But saying you want to spend less time on your phone and actually聽doing it are two different things. Luckily, we鈥檙e here to help.

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SONOS, the company famous for their fancy home audio systems, recently did a global study 鈥 30,000 people聽around the world聽鈥 and got some pretty interesting results. According to the study,聽71 percent of Americans reported a shortage of meaningful conversations at home, while 54 percent聽said聽their households spend more time interacting with technology than with each other. And 86 percent said聽that they鈥檇 like to spend more time doing activities in-person with family and friends. If any of these sound like you, don鈥檛 give up hope! Here鈥檚 some ways you can remedy your problems.

Young family listening to music

1. Turn up the music. This may seem counterintuitive 鈥 why would you turn the music up if you already aren鈥檛 hearing each other enough? Well, when people listen to music together, they tend to spend more time together; SONOS鈥檚 study showed that people who live together and listen to music together eat more meals per week together, a practice聽that鈥檚 already known to strengthen the bonds between people.

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2.聽Turn off the offending electronics. Obvious? Maybe. But that doesn鈥檛 make it any less valid. Many households have a no-phone rule during certain times, like meals or even movie night. More and more employers nowadays are encouraging their employees to take 鈥減roductivity hours鈥 in which they turn off their phones and step away from their inboxes. Being untethered allows for easier conversation with your fellow humans.

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3.Just ask.聽Oftentimes, we want to connect with the people we live with, but don鈥檛 want to bother them by asking. Just ask! It doesn鈥檛 have to be an attack like, 鈥淵ou spend too much time on your phone!鈥 鈥 it could be something as simple as, 鈥淗ey, I鈥檝e been wanting to spend some time with you. Is now a good time?鈥澛燙hances are, you really won鈥檛 be a bother.聽And the worst they could do is say no, right?

How do you combat too much聽screen聽time at home? Tell us your tricks @BritandCo!

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