We all know what it feels like to be "always on." Always connected. Always multitasking to the point of exhaustion.
We wake up to email; we go to sleep to email. We're glued to our phones, reacting instantly at the slightest *ding* to make sure we haven't missed something important.
Our smartphones are our lives wrapped up in a device. Today they are our connection to the outside world, our calendars, our alarms, our cookbooks and our self-help guides. They're our maps, our cameras, our banks and our entertainment.
When was the last time you checked your phone? Are you using it now?
Technology is not a beast in and of itself. In fact, used responsibly, it could be considered one of the more wondrous inventions of this day and age. That being said, has it become unhealthy? Can we go as far as to say that we are addicted?
Here are a few stats to help you decide:
- The Daily Mail (UK) discovered that mobile users check their devices every 6.5 minutes.
- 84% of cell phone users say that they wouldn't survive a single day without their phones.
- 44% of smartphone owners sleep with their phones next to their bed so they don't miss out on any alerts or updates.
But is it really that bad? What's the big deal? Smartphones help us keep in touch with family and friends who are far away. They ensure we never miss out on big news or that a moment never escapes where we are not entertained. Isn't it better to stay occupied than be idle?
Here are six powerful reasons why unplugging is good for your health, and why your technology addiction may be harming you more than you might think:
- Unintentional open office hours mean we never get a break. But, unplugging gives us time to recharge before going back to work.
- Constant connection to social media breeds unhealthy feelings of envy, loneliness and jealousy. But, unplugging keeps us grounded and more in touch with our own strengths, abilities and purposes.
- Watching other people's lives happen before your eyes causes FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). But, unplugging cultivates contentment with our own circumstances, helps us become more creative with our time, and provides some inner peace.
- 24/7 access to notifications, messages, and alerts crowds our minds. But, unplugging empowers us to find solitude and form our own thoughts in moments of quiet.
- Smartphone addiction is just that: an addiction. But, unplugging removes the stimulant and helps us to see where our psychological well-being is being harmed.
- Constant entertainment does nothing to lengthen or ultimately enrich the physical part of our day-to-day lives. But, unplugging energizes us, because at the end of the day, life is about people.
How have you seen technology addiction affect your own life? What ways have you enjoyed unplugging? How has it made you healthier, in both body and spirit?