Technology is everywhere. You can’t go a minute without seeing or using a phone, computer or some other electronic device. The influx of technological innovation has created copious benefits, but perhaps we need a break from technology, too.
Why should you unplug? Technology’s heavy presence has created a possible crutch — an unhealthy attachment and reliance. Taking time away from devices or turning them off completely can help dispel negative feelings. Jealousy and loneliness can be intensified by an abundance of time on social media. Unplugging provides the opportunity to reacquaint yourself with your own feelings and life instead of comparing yourself to other people. Constant use of phones and computers can also lead to digital eye strain (pain and discomfort from viewing a screen for over two hours). Studies are also in progress to test if the small amounts of radiation from cell phones correlate with cancer, but at this time no relationship has been proven.
Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is an emerging psychological disorder heightened by the advance of technology. Taking time to unplug will help you find contentment in your own life. Finding time to create a quiet, still and safe place to evaluate your life and goals can help you find happiness.
How to unplug:
Stay away from technology for the first hour of your day.
Unplug for a set amount of time each day.
Manage your time on social media by setting an alarm or using internet tools that will shut social media down after hitting a certain time online.
Regularly schedule an extended break every day.
Taking a break from your devices can help you see the world in a new way – explore and unplug today!