H&W Limit Screen Time & Store Your Wealth

Nate Crosby |


Screen Time

How much time do you spend in front of screens? Many of us are using a phone or a computer for work 8+ hours a day. However, outside of work Americans spend an average of 7 hours and 11 minutes on a device with a screen, whether it be your phone, tablet, or TV.  

Is this harmful? Yes. While screens give us an efficient way to work, research, exercise, and more, the amount of time we’re spending on screens is causing chronic neck and back pain, obesity, high blood pressure, strained/tired eyes, and sleep problems. 

What can we do? We know that screens aren’t going away so how do we combat our exposure to them? Blue blocker glasses are a great way to take the strain off your eyes while looking at your computer, phone, and/or tablet. You can find a good pair for relatively cheap anywhere! There are apps you can install on your devices that block the emission of blue and green light and Windows has features as well (search: night light settings). We’ve been talking a lot about tips for managing our overall health and when it comes to screen time, things are no different. Being aware of the added strain is half the battle and taking steps to limit it is an effective way to make sure you’re not putting extra stress on your body. The possibilities are endless on how you can put your phone down - learn a new skill, take up a hobby, read a book, get active! After all, limiting your screen time can be worth its weight in gold! 

Speaking of Gold

People have chosen to keep a stock of gold for thousands of years. Why? There are a few reasons. While paper money can be printed whenever we choose (hello inflation), gold has a low stock-to-flow ratio. The gold supply increases about 1.8%-2% per year.  Yes, you can make gold in a lab but for the most part it cannot be manmade and it’s very hard to counterfeit. Gold doesn’t break down, but it’s also very malleable for things like coins and jewelry.  Gold has often been called a store of wealth for these reasons.  

Gold is represented in 10% of our portfolio as well as represented in our commodities index which represents about 5% of our portfolio. If you’d like to review your portfolio please feel free to contact our office!