We are living in the digital age and cannot imagine out everyday life without computers, smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets. Technology makes our lives much easier, but every medal has its reverse. Many people have become overly dependent on gadgets. Most psychologists suggest that having some unplugged time every now and then helps cope with this dependence. Here are five benefits of unplugging more often.
You will have actual conversations. According to research, about 40% of Americans spend more time socializing online than off. And while Internet helps us keep in touch with our long-distance friends and family, we might start preferring online chats to actual phone or eye-to-eye conversations. Messengers and social networks allow us to juggle several conversations simultaneously, but do we really focus on each of these conversations? When you unplug and meet your friends, you get a chance to recall what an actual conversation with eye contact feels like.
It will boost your productivity. Gadgets are too distracting. We spend hours checking social networks, reading e-mails, chatting online and watching cat videos on YouTube without even noticing it. Give up your gadgets for at least a day, and you will be amazed at how much you can get done when you don't check your phone every five minutes.
You will start paying attention to the world around you. Being too engrossed in our phones and tablets prevents us from seeing the beauty of nature, meeting new people and enjoying simple things, such as fresh air or the smell of old books. Unplugging will help you notice things you've never noticed before and enjoy your life more.
It will help you embrace your inner life. Unplugging gives us time to think and reflect. It boosts creativity and helps cope with psychological disorders brought on by the advance of technology, such as the fear of missing out. If you are not used to giving up technology, it may cause anxiety at first, but in the long run unplugging helps combat anxiety and stress.
You will become healthier. You don't even have to unplug for an entire day to notice the health benefits of unplugging. All you have to do is give up your phone for a couple of hours after work and about an hour before going to bed. Unplugging after work helps us draw a line between work and home line and fully relax. And using computer before going to bed messes with your sleep schedule, so you'd better find another bedtime activity.
We aren't saying that you have to be unplugged all the time as modern technology does have its benefits and can be very helpful. However, taking a break from technology every now and then is necessary to get you priorities straight and become less reliant on gadgets.
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