Unplugging from Technology.

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Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.
Annie Lamott

Did you know that there a various benefits from unplugging from your phone and the internet? Today we live in a society where we are “glued” to our phones and information. There are definitely benefits to technology all around you. Some of these benefits are:

1. You are connected with friends and family, whether they live next door to you or around the world. You can pick up you phone or log into Facebook and say “Hi” to them. Gone are the days of snail mail.

2. You have access to the Internet pretty much anywhere you go. If you have a question to type into Google, you can do it from your cellphone when connected. If you want to listen to a specific song, you can do that as well.

3. Cellphones have so many applications on them now, it is hard not to carry them around for day to day problems. Did you know that most smartphones have a flashlight app? If you are walking somewhere in the dark, just take out your phone and turn on that app. There you go, you have light. Other day to day apps would include, apps telling you what your heart rate is, how many steps you’ve walked, or what you have eaten in the day. The app possibilities are actually endless now a day.

Sometimes have technology literally all around a person can cause stress, anxiety, and lifestyle choices. Along with the positive benefits of technology, there can also be negatives with being connected all of the time.

  • A persons sleep may be affected with all of the time spent on cellphones, TV, and/or computer. The blue light that is emitted from the screens, reduce the persons amount to produce natural melatonin. Melatonin is needed to sleep – so therefore it could be more difficult to fall asleep. Not sleeping well can have an effect on your health, work and/or social life.
  • Around 71% of people in the United States sleep with their cellphones, whether that be having it by their head, on their night table, or even in their hand. Some people are so paranoid about missing anything that goes on, that they want to be woken up in the middle of the night wanting to know what is going on. This can cause a person to sleep less and then have an effect on their health, work, and/or social life.
  • Being connected all of the time can cause a person stress and anxiety. Say if you typically here from someone via text everyday but one day you don’t hear from them, you could think of the worst. That could cause a lot of stress in your life. Some people get stressed on the number of “likes” or shares they get on Facebook or Instagram posts also.
    I have an example from tonight. One of my coworkers phone died earlier while he was texting a girl that he is interested in. They asked everyone for a phone charger but unfortunately no one had that specific one. They started to become stressed out because they thought that the girl might not like them if they don’t text back right away. I am not sure what happened after they left after their shift.

So what can we do? Is there a way to detox from technology?

Here are some simple steps that you can follow to be not so attached to technology.

  1. Buy an alarm clock and USE it, instead of relying on the alarm on your cellphone.
  2. Utilize airplane mode when sleeping or during something important like a work meeting – your phone will essentially be turned off from the internet and contacts.
  3. Wear a watch and USE it.
  4. Limit your time on social media. Give yourself an hour or two a day and then cut yourself off after that.
  5. Participate in doing creative things without technology; painting, writing, reading, taking pictures with an actual camera.
  6. Attempt to go an entire day disconnected. Try as hard as you can; in the end, you may really enjoy it.

What do you do to unplug? Do you get stressed out from technology? Let me know!

Bex.

 

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