I have a few rules, however, to assure my screen time doesn’t control me. For years the first two hours of my day have been sacred times for me—prayer, meditation, reading. The computer is off—no email, no news. I don’t know what has happened in the world until past 7 AM (I get up at 5:15). Throughout the day, when I am not using it, I close my computer and let it lie there in deep sleep. Usually I respond once a day to someone; I don’t converse back and forth.
For the most part I don’t bring my computer downstairs where I read and watch TV. Out of sight, out of mind, my mother used to say. One more thing. I continue to do my best to stay away text messaging.