Have you ever lost or broken your cell phone and had to fend for yourself for a few days? Not being reachable at all times, actually having to plan a place to meet people, physically ringing a doorbell when you get to someone’s house, and so on? That feeling you get of being disconnected, of not being constricted and no longer required to answer to anyone – some people call that freedom. And freedom is a wonderful thing. Here is why we need to experience that feeling more often – and on purpose.
As much as we don’t want to admit it, technology has made us more sedentary. The very fact that we have applications and games to encourage us to work out makes it clear that our primary medium is a digital one. Ditch your phone for a few days, keep your laptop shut and your TV off – you’ll be surprised how active you become.
Avoid Unwanted Harassment
Sure, annoying people can talk to us in real life too, but when you’re exponentially more accessible, you’re exponentially more harassed. From junk mail to debt collections to internet pop-up ads – it’s a great, big, irritating digital world out there. Turn it all off and it’ll suddenly be easy to deal with Ted-the-close-talker that lives down the street.
People learn to expect certain things very quickly and, however unreasonable, they’ll get impatient if those expectations aren’t met. If you always answer a text message within an hour, you’ll be considered “rude” after two. However, if you make yourself relatively unreachable, you will be able to contact people on your own terms, not stressing to meet their expectations.
Maintain Social Courtesy
You’re talking to someone, telling them about the adventures of your day and right when you’re at the big payoff, they pull out their phone and start answering a text message. Unfortunately, it’s an all-too-familiar scene in today’s world. De-digitize yourself and you’ll quickly regain the full pleasure of social interaction – NOT social networking.
Train Your Attention Span
The average movie clip lasts 2.7 seconds. Some news programs show two or three headline tickers just in case we’re bored by the actual newscasters on-screen. We live in an age of little-to-no attention span and it is driven by technology and the availability of information. It may be tough at first, but ditching technology and honing your attention skills with a book or other hobby will pay off in many facets of your life.
There is no ignoring the advancement of technology. Despite its annoyances, the convenience is undeniable and its capabilities are truly amazing at times. But that is not to say it isn’t nice to unplug for a little while. It’s a certain refreshing feeling that is all-too-rare these days. It doesn’t mean you need to grow a beard and live in the woods with cats (though you would lose the debt collections for good), but occasional reminders of life’s simplicity can be very healthy. It’s only a question of whether or not you can do it.
Release ID: 1959