What Would You Do With Nine Extra Hours?

by Sophia Hadekasophia hadeka

My favorite aspect of Be Your Best Self is “be involved.” In the busy world we live in, it’s easy to say that we don’t have time to give back to our communities or pursue our passions.

While it may seem this way, there is evidence to suggest that teenagers actually have plenty of free time. According to Common Sense Media, teenagers spend an average of nine hours a day using media, not including time spent using media for academic purposes. This means that they spend more hours surfing the web, watching TV or playing video games in their free time than they spend sleeping.

Over the course of a week, this equates to a little over two and a half days of using media nonstop. These statistics were shocking to me when I first discovered them. I was forced to consider all the other things I could be doing with those nine hours to help me accomplish my goals and make the world a better place.

I decided to focus my energy into volunteering with the 1,000 Dreams Fund, as well as training for a half-marathon. These constructive hobbies not only made me more involved, but also gave me the satisfaction of accomplishing goals that I had pushed off for a long time. Not to mention, I discovered a lifelong passion for running and an amazing network of mentors and support within the 1,000 Dreams Fund.

With this in mind, my challenge to you as readers is to consider what you would do with an extra nine hours every day. By cutting back on a few hours of Instagram and Netflix, you become one step closer to truly being your best self! With all this new time to focus on your goals and interests, the possibilities are endless.

Would you volunteer at your local animal shelter? Become a mentor for children in your area? Fundraise for a local cause? While this adjustment might be difficult at first, it is safe to say that a media detox is something all of us would benefit from. By focusing your energy on something that is positive and productive, you are making an investment in yourself and your future that will most definitely pay off.

With love,


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