125: Screen Apnea & Summer Recap 2023

125: Screen Apnea & Summer Recap 2023

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Screen Apnea: The hidden stress of digital life and how to beat it

Chis and Karlie share about a phenomenon that silently impacts millions – “Screen Apnea.” Dive into our podcast episode as we dissect a study by Linda Stone, a former Microsoft executive, who revealed the connection between digital screens, our breathing patterns, and overall well-being. Plus, stay tuned for a recap of Summer 2023 trends!

What is screen apnea, anyway?

Back in 2007, Linda Stone conducted a groundbreaking experiment involving 200 individuals, shedding light on a phenomenon known as “Screen Apnea.” This term initially emerged as “Email Apnea” due to its prominence during email checking. However, it has since evolved to encompass all screen interactions.

Screen Apnea is a manifestation of our body’s stress response. When we encounter stimuli on our screens – be it email notifications, text messages, or social media updates – our nervous system leaps into action, searching for potential threats. This heightened focus and attention demand mental effort, leading to physiological changes like shallower breathing and a slower heart rate. These changes aim to “quiet” our bodies, channeling resources towards concentration.

Simply put, each notification triggers a brief freeze as you read and formulate a response in your mind. The more unexpected the stimulus, the more your body perceives it as a threat.

The hidden toll of screen apnea

Tips for better breathing habits

To combat Screen Apnea and promote well-being, consider these tips:
  • Set Up Breath Reminders
    Create a schedule for regular breath breaks during screen time to refresh your focus.

  • Breathe Through Your Nose
    Opt for nasal breathing, enhancing oxygen intake and overall health.
  • Try Audible Sighing
    Reset shallow breathing with audible sighs to improve your well-being.
  • Opt for Larger Screens
    Reduce eye strain and shallow breathing by choosing larger screens for work and entertainment.
  • Take Screen Breaks
    Mindfully take breaks from screens to recharge your body and mind.

Screen Apnea is a subtle yet significant issue that affects many in our digital age. By understanding its origins and consequences, and adopting healthy habits, you can reclaim your well-being.

Top events of the Summer Recap 2023

It’s never too late to catch up! Here are our favorites things from Summer 2023.

  • Barbenheimer
    A captivating phenomenon occurred as “Oppenheimer” and “Barbie” released on the same day, with many opting to watch both. “Barbie” has raked in a substantial $1.83 billion worldwide, becoming the highest grossing film in Warner Bros.’ 100-year history; the highest grossing film ever from a female filmmaker at the domestic box office; and is the largest worldwide film release of 2023.

  • Red, White, and Royal Blue
    This R-rated LGBTQ romcom, based on Casey McQuiston’s 2022 novel, sparked debates due to explicit content. Despite its age rating, it found a place on numerous spicy book lists.
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty
    Prime’s second season of this teen series delivers a delightful, summery vibe while featuring mature themes, including language, drinking, smoking, and partying.
  • Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)
    Taylor Swift’s latest “Taylor’s Version” release made history, with four simultaneous top 10 albums on the Billboard chart. It also includes six vault tracks.
  • Baseball Pitch Clock
    Baseball’s pitch clocks, requiring pitchers to deliver within 15 seconds (no runners on base) or 20 seconds (runners present), aim to accelerate the game’s pace.
  • Artists Getting Hit at Concerts
    Concert surprises turned painful for Cardi B, Harry Styles, Drake, Bebe Rexha, and Kelsea Ballerini, who faced unexpected projectiles from their audiences.
  • CFA Honey Pepper Pimento Cheese Sandwich
    A delicious summer hit – Chick-fil-A’s take on the pimento cheese sandwich.

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