In the beginning, cellular phones and personal computers were only considered tools to help people go about their daily lives and work; and then the internet came along. Ever since then, a lot of different sites from social networking to video hosting sites have emerged. And the invention of Facebook has not made the craze any better. More people have come to accept the idea of social networking as their lives. Then smartphones, android phones, iPhones, gaming consoles and other gadgets have emerged and became more available to the public. At present, both young and old people alike turn off their reality to go online.
Technology makes life easier but not always essentially better. Here are a few reasons to unplug yourself from technology along with tips that can help you connect back to reality.
Why And How You Should Unplug Yourself From Technology
1. You lose your “YOU” time
Let’s face it, all your technology is eating up your time! How long will you stay on your laptop or computer that has kept you occupied the whole day or the whole week? How many times do you keep on looking at your smartphone, waiting for a notification or email from someone? How long do you watch videos about a dancing cat or babies biting each other? Sum everything up and you can see how much time is wasted doing these things. And time that passed can never be retrieved. How about using that time to get to know more about you?
If you don’t unplug yourself from technology, you might never know that you have the talent for painting or cooking. You could also use your free time to pamper yourself. Take a short break and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea or dig in your favorite ice cream. Turn off your phone or make it a habit to only check your phones and computers for notifications a few times a day. Don’t think about your Facebook or Twitter accounts. Just relax and you’ll realize you do need a “YOU” time.
2. You don’t always build better bridges online
One of the main purposes of the new technology we have is to make communication easier. So maybe you can connect with your family and friends easier and get updated with their activities through their posts, but this can never substitute for quality bonding time. When was the last time you hang out with your friends or family to see a movie or try a new restaurant? These kinds of experiences and memories can never be made through chatting or text messaging.
So if you really want your relationships to last, unplug yourself from technology and actually spend time with people you love.
3. You forget to take a look at your health
Yes, we all know the internet can be pretty addicting. But that is no excuse for staying up late or missing meals! What’s so important about looking at your friends’ photos for the nth time that you have to miss out on your health? A lot of people are guilty of this. Staying up late can disrupt the body’s natural rhythm and can lead to disorders such as insomnia. Sleep deprivation also causes stress. And let’s not get started on missing meals. Not eating will make you weak and can lessen your immune system which can lead to vulnerability to diseases. Sleep and proper nutrition are essential to a healthy life. If being a techie starts to take a toll on your health, maybe it’s good to think twice and unplug yourself from technology. Health is wealth after all.
So make it a habit to never skip meals and to sleep early and get a constant sleep of 7-8 hours.
4. You tend to be more out of focus
Are you getting anxious when you just posted something because you want to know how many would comment on it? Do you look at your phone or laptop every 5 seconds waiting for an update while doing your homework or your paperwork? This habit makes you less focused on what you really have to do and in turn you become less productive with your job. Humans are capable of multi-tasking but this is not always a good thing. Multi-tasking cannot guarantee quality work. And if you juggle between your phone and the task at hand, you might never get that promotion you’ve always wanted.
So unplug yourself from technology and finish your work at the moment. Keep your phone silent or turn off the notifications alert tone so you could focus more on what you are doing. The more focused you are, the faster you can get your work done and the more time you’ll have later on. You can use that free time to check your phone if you can’t help it or better yet, use that time to relax.
5. You can cause accidents
How many road accidents are caused by people paying more attention to the technology they are using rather than driving or crossing the road? This is a really dumb way to die or be injured. If you really value your life, please pay attention to the truck that’s passing by or the traffic lights.
So if you’re getting on the road, be sure to unplug yourself from technology and focus on reaching your destination in one piece.
6. You forget to enjoy nature
Some of the simple joys in life such as enjoying nature are often taken for granted once the person gets into the techie life. There is so much about nature to learn and experience that cannot be replaced by some pictures of the forests in the Amazon. Go out and enjoy the world. It’s time to unplug yourself from technology and feel the cool air.
Technology can be really helpful but can also be detrimental to a person. Technology should not be the center of a person’s life. If you think you are becoming too attached to your gadgets, try turning them off and unplug yourself from technology. Take a break. There’s more to life than being online.
Photo: Anne Marthe Widvey