If the thought of disconnecting from the internet for some much needed time away scares you, then you need to go offline; because really, how many moments throughout the day are you finding yourself mindlessly scrolling for some entertainment?
Also: how short can our attention span actually get?
You see we know that modern day technology is amazing. It’s changed the way we socialise, it’s changed the way we work and has changed the way we live. But unless you’ve experienced the benefits (and mental clarity) that going offline can bring then you might never realise how addicted you could really be.
David M. Levy speaks about this type of modern day technology un-awareness in his book, “Mindful Tech,” which essentially is a book about better understanding how and why we use our technology devices the way we do (and how we might use them better.)
The book encourages readers to think about how they use their devices and then consider changing their normal routines. “When we see our habits and patterns for ourselves…we’re in a better position to make meaningful changes,” Levy says.
He suggests a whole bunch of things to make us more aware of the way we use technology like devoting more attention to our email consumption, and making mental note of what types of things make us to lose our focus. But his main suggestion is forcing ourselves to go offline for a good chunk of time…not a small chunk of time – with no peeking back in allowed.
He says that only by doing things this way, will we truly see how often we might actually be turning to technology to work/socialise/fill an entertainment void and therefore make the changes to improve on our technology use, that we actually need.
But why force ourselves to endure a suggestion so crazy? Does he not understand how many snaps of Kylie Jenner pouting into her phone we might actually miss?
Well, he probably does (although he probably doesn’t care) and for anybody who has truly stopped, shut down their crackberrys (do they still exist?), or really taken a step away from their screens, then you’ll understand many of the mental benefits that doing so will bring.
TIME! So much time!
Think about how much time you spend on your phone. Do you check it first thing in the morning, last thing at night? If you’re on it all the time, you probably don’t notice how much of it you waste. But without the need to check your social media accounts, time is one of life’s luxuries that will return to you as soon as you go offline.
How much information are our brains constantly taking in? It’s turning into a 24/7 cycle! Taking some time away from technology will give your mind the mental reset it deserves. Meaning when you do return to your phone your brain will be free-er, sharper and your productivity could soar.
Taking some much needed time away won’t mean your overflowing inbox, messages and social media cycles will stop, no sireeee, but it does mean you can force yourself to stop thinking about them for a little while. Or at least pretend they’re not there which in turn could force you to de-stress and relax. Out of sight, out of mind.
Me, me, me!
When was the last time you took yourself on a date? Or devoted some special time for yourself – without your phone and all the interruptions that it brings? Disconnect and go back to spending some quality time with you!
You can survive
Today we tend to think that we can’t survive without our phones, that we cant imagine a life without Google, or Instagram, but forcing ourselves to step away from our screens will prove that we totally can! You can do it! Seriously.
C’mooooon.... it’s not like we’re saying let’s all become Amish. Our phones and all of the delicious joy that they bring will still be there when we return. It’s just nice to sometimes take a break and you know, look at the real world sometime... #thatoldthing.
Tell us, have you ever taken a break from technology? What differences did you notice?