Odds are, you’re reading this on your phone. Or your laptop.Or your tablet.Or your infrared eyeball scanner? Quit reading this if you’re a cyborg.
However you’re consuming this information, you’re using that same technology to consume other information – probably much less useful information. You probably check Facebook while you’re on the toilet, and your phone is probably the first thing you check when you wake up in the morning. Maybe you start to get sweaty in the palms when you can’t find your phone. Maybe the Internet goes out and you think it’s the end of the world. We’re all guilty, so don’t feel bad, but there are a few ways that breaking your addiction to technology can make you happier.
Do you spend a lot of time perusing the Internet, email, or cute YouTube cat videos (me too)? Do you look up and realize you’re late for a meeting, or you don’t even know where your children are? We’ve all had this problem, and you can lose major time when you’re not being mindful of it. For this reason, a technology hiatus can create more happiness in your life. Think about how much free time you’ll have when you’re not hunched over your device of choice, and think about how many different hobbies you can pursue when you’re not stalking your ex-boyfriends on Facebook.
We all see it – the sad group of friends at the dinner table that are all looking down at their phones, not interacting with each other and ignoring the really mad waitress. You think, “Oh that’s so sad,” and then look down at your phone to read your newest alert. You’re just as guilty as anyone else. When you ignore the people around you to pay attention to your smart phone, you’re sacrificing really great conversation and connection to the people you love most (or haven’t even met yet). Think about all the people you could have met (including Mr. or Mrs. Right!), but you were too busy looking down at your phone to notice them from across the room. Doh!
Distracted driving is the number one killer in auto accidents in the United States. It’s a real problem. Don’t even act like you’re not guilty either – you check your latest text message or email alert just like the car next to you. When you do this, you’re essentially saying, “I value this unimportant notification over my life and the safety of the vehicles around me.” We’re all real jerks, and we really need to knock it off. There are also studies indicating that people who sit at desks or hunch over tech devices day in and day out are more prone to life threatening issues, like blood clots, hypertension, obesity, stress (leading to heart attacks), and more. More and more, we are realizing that our devices are not exactly conducive to the healthiest lifestyles, and we need to change.