Here’s a quick quiz:
- When you wake up, do you immediately grab your phone and check social media?
- If there’s a lull in your day, do you find yourself reaching for your phone?
- Do you check your phone more than 10 times per hour?
- Is going to the bathroom without your phone literally your worst nightmare?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for a technology detox.
Everyone gets a little too attached to their devices, but more often than not, this attachment is unhealthy. This spring, let’s make a pact to stare at our screens less. These resources will help you get started.
Technology is meant to improve our lives. That’s why companies invest billions into creating the latest and greatest toys to catch our interest. But if technology is supposed to make things better, why do so many people feel miserable with a phone in their hand? Have we overindulged ourselves? Psychologist Adam Alter says yes. In his speech, Alter identifies all the ways our valuable tech makes us unhappy and what we can do about it.
Social media is a great way to connect with distant relatives, stay up to date on current events, and entertain ourselves when we’re stuck in a long line. But social media also sucks away our free time. The average person spends almost 2 hours every day scrolling through social media, liking posts, retweeting quips, and just snapping their free time away. This much social media isn’t good for anyone! It’s time to hit “unfollow” and see how our lives can improve when we free ourselves from social media.
We know getting away from technology is hard. Everyone walks around with a computer in their pocket, 1st-graders get tablets for Christmas, and many of us spend all day in front of a computer. But let’s face it — sometimes we need a break from our tech. If you struggle to unplug, here are some simple strategies that can stop you from reaching for your phone every few minutes.
Just For Fun: The #1 Reason To Unplug
We’re all guilty of getting a little too absorbed into our phones, and this concentration can have hilarious consequences — for onlookers, that is. If you aren’t sure if you need to unplug, this video might be able to convince you it’s time to look up.
It’s time to unplug and unwind!