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Winnie Sofie Brækken Stein (20).

Last fall, Winnie-Sofie Brækken Stein used her cell phone for an average of six hours each day. There was something “always” to check out or see.

On Monday 20th September last year, I used Tiktok for three and a half hours. In total, the screen time was eight hours.

I shared this in one Say ; d postsShe wrote that she should now reduce screen use.

Eight hours is a full working day. Everyone talks about wanting more time, but how much time do you really have?

For September of this year, screen time has been reduced to an average of three hours per day.

for a while deleted tik tok. But the 20-year-old downloaded it again – Tiktok is, after all, very entertaining. Once you see how much time you spend on the app, you remove the app.

It’s boring to ask someone to hang out, and then say they’re busy. Then you see on social media that they are with someone else, and that you are not invited. Stein says that sitting alone on the phone can be all alone.

Currently attending Romerike Folkehøgskole, cell phones are not allowed in the dining hall.

I’m no more bored now than I used to be. You scroll through the videos for ages, and then you think “Where did the hours go?”. I could stumble on things, because I was so immersed in my mobile phone.

Now Stein has more time to pursue his hobbies. She knits, sews, reads, plays the piano, and hangs out more with friends.

Check Screen Time

It encourages everyone to set a time limit of, say, 30 minutes on the apps you use often. Additionally, she advises people to check screen time.

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– It’s unpleasant, but check how much time you actually spend on the phone.

A third of the adult population uses some form of digital screen four to six hours a day, and on average we check our cell phones more than 150 times a day.


Psychologist John Peter Fagerhaug specializes in treating patients with addiction to mobile devices.

It often finds that those who struggle with poor sleep, loneliness, depression and anxiety have a high use of technology. Many of them are in their twenties, comparing themselves to what they see on social media – a perfect monster, as Fgerhog calls it.

They are tired and discouraged, but they don’t understand why. We always find that the solution is to reduce screen time, says the psychologist.

Many people do not realize how much energy it takes to use a mobile phone. Eyes should keep up with new impressions and strong colors all the time. The more you use it, the more attached you are to it.

Psychologist John Peter Fegerhog. He recommends cutting back on screen use gradually, but not cutting it out completely.

Photo: Tommy Strom

Fagerhaug does not believe that people miss out on anything by reducing mobile phone use.

FOMO It is self-deception. You are afraid to lose something, but the videos, posts and photos that are shared won’t go away. What you miss while sitting in front of the screen is life.

afraid of ban

Winnie-Sofie Brækken Stein was afraid of getting caught outside, but she didn’t experience it. On the other hand, I realized that there are many other people who also want to spend less time in front of a screen.

– If someone has blocked you because you are inactive on Snapchat and Instagram 24/7, they are not a good friend. Stein says it’s not stupid to leave a cell phone away.

But she doesn’t think people should cut off their cell phones completely. On Sunday last week, she checked her mobile phone a total of 91 times.

There are many advantages to technology and social media. I keep in touch with family and friends via social media, which I greatly appreciate.

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