Is Bedtime Turning into Computer Time?

New research has emerged showing some interesting facts about what people do in bed.

The figures seem to show that the amount of technology used whilst in bed is on the rise.

Katie Toll, the head of research at the Future Foundation - the  has said that "Bedtime is not relaxation time anymore, it's a time for connection via a multitude of devices", and this is reflected in the statistics show below.

87% of 16 to 24 Year Olds Use Tablets in Bed.
Tablets are great alternatives for browsing the web - smaller than a computer and bigger than a phone, they are the perfect size for bite-sized gaming and light social media. So when struggling to get to sleep (even though this can be because of technology) picking up a tablet and tapping away can seem like a great way to while away the minutes. However, although it seems a lot less hefty than a computer, the radiation from the device has the same effect on our brains in keeping us awake and active. So if you have bushbaby eyes at 1am, best leave Facebook to another time.


11% of Consumers Check Their Work Emails in Bed Every Day.
The "work-life merge", as it has been called, has also been on the up, with one in four working longer hours since the economic downturn. This can lead to an inability to 'switch off' from the job, which includes checking work emails at home. Taking this a step further though, a shocking 11% of consumers have admitted to checking their work emails in BED... that's right, waking up and looking at your phone to see that the shipment of staplers are in, or that Dave from Marketing has lost his mug...

68% of 25 to 34 Year Olds Never Switch Off Their Mobile Phones.
With companies, friends, and services available 24/7, it can often feel like we have to have our phones ready at moments notice, simply to feel connected with our world, and not to be send spinning off into the depths of virtual-invisibility. Keeping a phone on constantly can be troublesome, and even dangerous, in cases of cyber-bullying, where it can make a person feel like there is no escape from abuse or annoyance. For the most of us though, it can simply divert our attention, and distract us, so we can't focus on what we're doing properly. Checking messages at certain points throughout the day is advised, instead of willy-nilly checking every few minutes... you know what they say; a watched pot never boils...

As technology advances, it has more opportunity to make itself present in every area of our life. On the flip-side, however, our awareness of being 'overplugged' is also rising, and the importance of 'screen free' time - when tech is put to the side - is being made clear to us all. So whether you choose to have a day a week, an evening daily, or even a few hours of screen-free time, it can save us from becoming too dependent on technology for entertainment and assurance. Keeping technology like phones and tablets out of the bedroom is one of the small steps you can take to getting a better night's sleep and preventing any embarrassing mishaps...

On that note, we'll just finish off this level of Candy Crush, and then get started on that screen free time...

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