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Disconnect To Reconnect

“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.” – Steve Jobs

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In today’s digital era, we are so connected to our electronic devices that it seems all too easy to get lost in the digital world that takes place behind our screens. In fact, statistics show that Americans spend more than 11 hours per day using electronic media, which makes ‘unplugging’ seem like an unrealistic option.

I’ll admit that technology has some wonderful benefits. However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that our world is developing an unhealthy attachment to it.

If you reach for your phone as soon as you wake up, can’t remember when the last time you read a paperback book was, or have a million excuses as to why you can’t find the time to start those new year resolutions, you may want to give yourself a new goal and consider going on a digital detox.

Each year, we receive more emails and texts and access deeper levels of information online. As the pace of the digital world keeps increasing, there is an expectation that we need to answer to all forms of communication ASAP and constantly be on social media around the clock. Going on a digital detox can help you re-prioritize your life and get back in tune with your own rhythm rather than rushing around to the beat of someone else’s drum. Technology comes with a power-off button and we need to be reminded time and time again that sometimes we need to utilize it.

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Here are just some of the few reasons why we need to disconnect in order to reconnect.

You’ll Sleep Better

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a recent study found that more than ⅓ of American adults don’t get the recommended seven hours of sleep each night. If you are answering emails or scrolling through Facebook before switching off the lights, it is unlikely that you will get a good night’s sleep. Light exposure and mental activity stimulates the brain and tricks it into thinking you’re awake, making it harder to fall asleep. If you are one to always use your device before bed, shut it off and read a book instead. A digital detox could be what you need to get some well deserved rest.

Give Your Eyes A Break

Studies performed by the American Optometrists Association have found that prolonged device usage can lead to computer vision syndrome, whose symptoms can include dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches and eye strain. Since 68{021f9daad68019a956363b993e26935938bf8984b24acec29673767c548feca3} of Americans own a smartphone, there’s a good change that even non-office employees are suffering as well. Whether you work at the computer all day of like to scroll through social media on your cell phone, a digital detox can really help give your eyes a break.

Increase Productivity

With our phones constantly being an arms length away and the high speeds of the internet, it is far too easy to get distracted by technology. The Harvard Business Review mentions that people who focus on several things at once are less productive than those who focus on just one task at a time. By taking a digital detox, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to re-focus on the task at hand.

Reconnect With Friends and Family

When we choose to put out sole focus on the digital world our cell phones provide rather than enjoying the company of those around us, it can take away from what’s most important in life. Unplugging for a few days can be a life-changing detox for some, as it allows us to think and be present with those around us. It can also help us to reconnect with ourselves without any distractions or outside opinions.

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Most people are completely oblivious to all that the digital world steals from them. Imagine how much more time you would be spending on yourself or with family and friends if you weren’t glued to a screen. Most people wish they had more time on their hands, yet don’t think twice about how long they spend on their phones. When you feel like you are ready, take a break from the digital world to get out there and enjoy all that life has to offer. No, you don’t have to ditch the digital world forever, but if we all stepped back from our little pocket-sized worlds and paid attention to the real one, I’m sure you would realize just how much more time, and freedom, you will gain.