Today, more than any other time in history, there is a huge reliance on technology. If you leave the house without your cell phone, computer, or tablet, you feel out-of-touch or “disconnected” from the world. Sound familiar? Because we are so attached to our gadgets and rely on them heavily for communication, we often forget the importance of unplugging from technology every once in a while. And by doing just that, you will not only feel less stressed out, but will also be forced to live in the present.
Since almost everyone now communicates through text messages, phone calls, emails, and social media sites, stepping away from your personal electronic devices seems unfathomable. Because how else will you be able to talk to your friends, right? While it may seem normal to always have your phone out or always be on your laptop, this only fuels our obsession with technology. Even though having your phone or computer on you is important, especially if someone really needs to get in contact with you, technology can sometimes do more harm than good. The need to respond to a message is addictive, and will only add stress to your life. By putting your phone down and “unplugging,” you will be able to clear your head and not feel so attached to the electronic world.
Regardless if you are hanging out with one person or a group of people, almost everyone always has their phones out. Whether it’s to check Facebook, text a friend, or see the score of the football game, our cell phones are glued to our hand. But what if you put the phone down for a couple of minutes? After a while, you will begin to immerse yourself in the conversation, and completely forget about technology altogether. Not only will you be more in the moment with your friends, but you will also remember that technology isn’t that important. What’s more important is spending time with the people you love, and cherishing the moments you have together.
Even though this may seem like a daunting task, unplugging from technology each and every day is crucial to maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Whether you are getting the latest gossip from a friend over text or stressing out over an email your professor just sent you, put the technology down for a few minutes and breathe. Being able to take a break from the screen-based world we all live in will help you become much less stressed, as well as clear your head entirely.
If this is something you struggle with, here is my challenge for you: Each and every day, put down your laptops, computers, tablets, or any other piece of technology for a half hour. In this time, get homework done, go to the gym, or catch up with a friend face-to-face. Over time, you will begin to realize that technology really shouldn’t rule your life or be as important as it is. And trust me, there’s no more liberating feeling than that.
By Eva Zymaris