28 Apr Could disconnecting be the secret to regaining control and happiness?
I love technology; most of us do.
And most of us use it it some way or other hundreds of times each day.
Computers and smartphones help us do and enjoy all sorts of amazing things but…they also have a dark side.
Is it best, for our health and happiness, to be constantly connected?
Is it best, for our health and happiness, to be online more than in the “real world”?
So today’s article provides some advice about how to disconnect and regain control of your life; and boost your health and happiness! Read on…
via LifeHack by Jenny Marchal
Our smartphones are never far away from our fingertips and in this digital world most of us couldn’t function without them. So how often do you use your phone? How many times during the day do you swipe, use apps, check social media, send messages or even just generally handle your phone?
Well, to really drive home how much we mindlessly touch and use our phones, a recent study1 has revealed that we do this a whopping 2,617 times a day and that’s just the average – more heavy users can handle their phones up to 5,427 times a day.
How have we become so obsessed with the digital world and is it time to unplug ourselves from the mindlessness it provides us?
Why Is It So Hard To Unplug?
We’re all so dependent on technology that we rarely disconnect. Whether we’re spending hours in front of a computer for work, checking our phones, surfing the internet or watching TV, it’s hard to get away from digital distraction.
You may have attempted to go phone-free or deactivated your Facebook account in hope of a digital detox and we all know it feels good but only for the short-term. Before long we’re itching to see what we’re missing. In other words, we’re addicted. This can manifest in the feelings of withdrawal we get that causes us to dive straight back into the digital world where we feel safe and soothed again.
Many of us feel like our phones are a form of comfort – a lot of our social lives revolve around social media and instant messaging, so without this, we can feel secluded and alone.
The Benefits of Disconnecting from the Digital World
Are we using technology or is technology using us?
Every happiness guru talks about mindfulness as a core importance in being connected with ourselves and the world around us, but our need for constant connection to technology means we’re depriving ourselves of this fundamental and necessary habit.
Our ability to focus has decreased dramatically and this is apparent in our productivity levels. The benefits of disconnecting can create a positive stance in all areas of our lives – from work and social connections to our own personal goals and dreams. If our productivity levels increase, we feel much more fulfilled, content and happy with our abilities. Life becomes more meaningful and less shallow.
How to Disconnect from Technology and Regain Your Life
If you feel your connection to the digital world has taken over your life, there are steps you can take to help you try to disconnect and allow you to take back some power…
…keep reading the full & original article HERE