The other day I caught myself watching TV, sending emails on my computer, and checking my phone all at the same time. Sadly, this isn’t as unusual of an occurrence as I would like it to be. I always laugh at people who lose their phones because, frankly, mine is almost always in my hand. But maybe there are advantages to “losing” your phone (or computer or tablet…), whether on accident or not. The topic of “unplugging” is often brought up in our social media-savvy generation. It is a topic that is typically scoffed at by teens but encouraged by their parents. So what exactly are the benefits of unplugging.
1 - Increased productivity: We all think that we are experts in multitasking, but the truth is we need full brain power to complete any task at our absolute best. In fact, I find that if I need to send a really thoughtful or important email, I need complete quiet with no distractions. Unplugging at work or at home allows you to focus on the task at hand without the constant distraction of a beeping phone.
2 - Self-confidence: Do you ever find yourself scrolling through Facebook or Instagram and thinking, “Why does everyone else have so much more fun than I do?” It’s because social media allows us to show only the fun and exciting parts of our lives and leave out the boring day-to-day stuff. Putting down your phone for a while will help you focus on the good things in your life, rather than the life you think your friends are living
3- Good night’s sleep: I am a huge offender of checking my phone and computer before bed every single night. As it turns out, using technology before you turn out the light can have negative effects on your sleep patterns and can even cause sleep disorders. Setting aside the hour before bed as technology-free will help you fall asleep sooner and feel fully rested come morning.4 - Better conversations: Do you ever have a conversation with someone and realize you already know everything they are talking about because you saw it on social media? Logging off of Facebook for a while will allow you to become more interested in actually talking to people face-to-face. And you will no longer have to feign excitement when they tell you about their latest news!These are just a few of the many benefits of unplugging. How long you unplug and what you unplug from (your phone, computer, TV, etc.) is completely up to you and your lifestyle. The important thing is to be able to feel connected to the world without the use of technology. You will likely find that you become happier and more energetic, productive, creative, and kind. Of course, social media isn’t all bad; but having time away can help you enjoy what is already in front of you.
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