Do you remember a time when you took your dog for a walk without texting, or watched a game with your friends without checking your email? It was called downtime and it was good for you. In this age of connectivity it appears as if that may be a thing of the past. Nowadays having our devices with us at all times is not unusual, but is it healthy?
Our gadgets have definitely made our lives easier. We can get directions at the touch of a button. Find the nearest restaurant in minutes and Google the answer to a question with ease and speed.
But have you ever realized how rarely we are alone with just our thoughts these days? Some social commentators have wondered if this rise in communication will negatively impact the philosophical side of our species. Without having the time and space to sit and ponder will we cease to do so?
That’s a huge question, but there is an even more important question that you should consider: Is your constant connectivity healthy? When should you unplug from your tablet, smartphone, and iPod?
Always being connected takes its toll, whether it’s for work or for play. The human body needs time to rest, and not just when it’s asleep. If you find that you struggle with being away from your phone, or have anxiety about not checking your mail, it might be time to switch off your devices.
Relationships can be affected as well by being too plugged in. When spending time with loved ones it may be useful to unplug and just enjoy the art of conversation. In today’s world it is simpler to communicate on Facebook or via text rather than face to face.
If you find that you are seldom without an electronic gadget in your hand, consider unplugging, at least for a short while. You will probably find that working less makes you more effective and less stressed.