Did you know that 1 in 10 Americans use their smart phones during sex? How about that 55% of Americans text when they drive, 19% use their phones at their place of worship, and 12% even check their phones while they’re in the shower?1
We are obsessed with our devices and unfortunately it extends beyond our cell phones. We are always connected to something and it’s time to put our electronics down!
Health Tip #1: Turn Your Electronic Devices Off
In the words of Marshall McLuhan, we really do live in a “global village.” For the most part, our technology supports our lives and makes tasks easier. Research is at the click of a button, we can take photographs on our phones, it’s easier to stay in touch with friends and family, and we can meet people from all around the world through the internet.
However, there is a price to pay for always being connected. Many of our workplaces want us to work 24/7 because technology makes it possible, friends expect us to be available (and to answer their requests) instantly, and sometimes our interpersonal relationships suffer because we’re too into our devices. How many times have I been out with a friend who keeps her nose in her phone?
Constantly being available and online causes us mental stress because we never get peace and quiet. At the risk of dating myself, remember the days when someone would call your house phone and if you weren’t available, they would leave a message and you’d get back to them at your convenience? Now if I don’t answer my phone, you can bet I’m getting a text message seconds later asking me where I am.
How do I combat this unnecessary mental stress? I simply turn my devices off. Being connected takes away from actually being present, enjoying and experiencing the moment, and fully decompressing. A vacation is not a vacation if people can reach me and, in fact, I insist on “off time” every day and not just when I’m away. I still answer messages and calls at my convenience and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Do you ever turn your devices off and just completely disconnect?