Why it is Important to Take a Break From Technology

Group of people using mobile devices

 

While technology is incredibly useful, and much needed, it can be far too easy to become too dependent on it, and have our devices with us at all times.  84% of cell phone users say they wouldn’t be able to go a single day without their device, and 67% of cell phone users check their phone for a message, alert, or call, even if their phone hasn’t rung or vibrated.  About half of the cell phone users surveyed said they sleep with their phones next to the bed so they don’t miss any calls.

It is important to know that, as useful as technology can be, we don’t need it all of the time.  The following are reasons to maybe take a break from your cell phone for a while.

  • It could help remove unhealthy feelings of jealousy, envy, and loneliness. Researchers learned that 1 in 3 people feel worse about themselves and dissatisfied with their lives after visiting Facebook.  Scrolling through the best snapshots of everyone else’s lives can make our own seem dull and unfulfilling; if you give yourself time away from social media to refocus, you’ll probably feel a bit better about the life you’re living.
  • Can help combat the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO). FOMO has been recognized as a recent psychological disorder brought on by our constantly updating social media streams.  Learn to tune out of social media for a while and find contentment in what you’re doing in the present.
  • Solitude isn’t easy to find when you’re always connected. Sometimes we need to be still and quiet, to evaluate our lives and to reflect on ourselves.  It’s impossible to do that when you’re surrounded by screens and your phone is constantly ringing.
  • Creation over consumption. While technology can be helpful for creating, when you spend all your time online mindlessly browsing the internet consuming media, you’re not able to create anything yourself.  Give yourself a break, and try to learn to do something that might be fun.
  • Will help you sleep better. While you might be trying to read to make you tired, all the blue light from your screens is actually making your body think its daylight and keeping you awake longer.  If you must be in front of a screen, turn it off before you start getting ready for bed, and spend some time letting your eyes adjust.

The easiest way to take a break from all the technology in your life is to start by setting aside a specific time of day to turn everything off.  Make it a habit at that time of day to do something that doesn’t involve technology, such as playing with a pet, talking with a friend, doing crafts, or learning to cook a new dish.