Have you ever tried to have a conversation with somebody whilst they’re using a smartphone?
My youth was spent mostly outdoors, climbing trees and playing football. These days the desire to get outside and explore is still as exciting. I experience genuine alignment and peace whenever I’m by the sea or walking through the woods.
Daily life surrounds us with social media and futuristic technology. This gives us instant access to a world of endless information and opportunities. For me click by click this moves us further away from genuine connection with others, and more importantly ourselves. This is why factoring in a digital detox could be just what we all need.
Whilst I have my issues with aspects of technology you don’t have to look far to see how technological advances have had a positive impact on humanity. Let’s take hospitals and schools, for example, the way in which we care and educate people continues to improve driven by the evolution of technology.
My issue is not in these areas but from an individual and social aspect.I have spent many hours hooked to that glowing orb of light. Whether it be for work, or to check out the latest social media uploads.I’ve been a participant in all from time, facebook, Instagram, snap chat, Pinterest, twitter and Tumblr to name a few.
A smartphone, a laptop, and a tablet have all taken centre stage. On the odd occasion, I found myself using all three at the same time.
Waking up in the middle of the night and checking your notifications and emails?
Using your phone whilst driving or at work?
Planning a digital detox.
Over time this leads to a complete sensory overload for me.The hours that follow have my head feeling like a washing machine, thoughts jumbling up as I make a clumsy attempt to communicate. My eyes blurry, and my hands feeling like they’re about to give up. If that wasn’t enough I feel emotionally drained, as I’ve shared in the feelings and experiences of the content I’ve watched, and read.
In my life, I have learned many things about myself. One is that I like the feeling of being present. Present in the moment, present in that meaningful conversation. Present and conscious when making decisions. Something that the overuse of social media, and screen time has definitely affected.
From talking to friends and family it’s clear that many of us struggle with this from time to time. These days I feel more at home choosing to spend my social media time on Instagram. The number of pages I follow nestle in the double digits and the pages I choose to follow bring me happiness.
My suggestion is to find your own c
“Your life is so valuable, spend your time tokens wisely”
I will be writing more posts on this subject where I will share how I have found a better balance. Please leave your comments and experiences in the comment section below.