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Why We Need To Unplug And Disconnect

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Steve Jobs once said, “We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much – if at all.”

Don’t get me wrong, technology is full of benefits, and you sure won’t catch me arguing against it.

With that being said, it’s painfully clear that the world is becoming far too attached:

  • 84% of cell phone users claim they could not go a single day without their device.
  • 67% of cell phone owners check their phone for messages, alerts, or calls — even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating.
  • Studies indicate some mobile device owners check their devices every 6.5 minutes.
  • 88% of U.S. consumers use mobile devices as a second screen even while watching television.
  • Almost half of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss any calls.
  • Traditional TV viewing eats up over six days (144 hours, 54 minutes) worth of time per month.
  • Some researchers have begun labeling “cell phone checking” as the new yawn because of its contagious nature.

We don’t need no stinkin’ stats to tell us we are overly-attached to our phones, tablets, and computers.  We know it, just like we know we’ll take that next breath.  That may be the reason the video below has over 50,000,000 views!

We need to be reminded again and again: Technology always comes with an off button.  And when you’re wise, you know how to use it.

Important Reasons To Unplug Our Technology:

  1. Shutting down works against the fear of missing out.
  2. Shutting down helps remove feelings of envy, jealousy, and lonliness.
  3. It’s impossible to ever find solitude in an always-on world.
  4. The best parts of life are happening right in front of you (and not on your screen).
  5. Shutting down promotes creation instead of consumption.
  6. The addiction can only be realized when the tech is removed.

What Steps Can I Take To Take In Less Tech?

  1. Start your day without your phone.  The world will go on spinning without it.
  2. Shut down for a short period every single day.
  3. Eliminate the time wasters for a period everyday (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc)
  4. Take a whole weekend (or week if you’re brave) with your phone completely off.

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