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Why You Need a Technology Detox - 3rd Week

By Genevieve Cunningham

Like so many other people in the world, I love my devices. Having endless knowledge at the tip of my fingertips is incredibly enticing. It’s too easy to get lost in another world when I’m bored or find any piece of information that I could ever need in about three seconds flat. But of course, this easy access comes at a price. Physically, mentally, emotionally. Technology is a great benefit in hundreds of ways, but if you’re not careful, it can bring you down and drown you with no hope of coming up for air. If you sometimes feel this way, like your world is drowning in the chaos of being online, it might be time for a technology detox. Take a look at these great reasons to put your device down and experience the real world for just a little while.

Being Online Makes You Stressed

Specifically, spending large amounts of time online tends to lead to feelings of jealousy, envy, and extreme loneliness. While it seems as though all of those friends would make you feel more included, you are in fact alone when you’re online. Even in a room full of people, we zone in on our phones and never look up. This heightens stress levels, eventually leading to problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems, and mental anguish.

Technology is a Growing Addiction

More and more people are claiming they are addicted to technology. Over 80 percent of the general population say they would be unable to go without their phone for a 24-hour period. Seriously? Though it’s easy to understand why, this statistic is particularly alarming. The fact that we are completely unable to function, for even as little as one day, proves that the addiction to these devices is real and growing. Unplugging occasionally may help you keep this addiction at bay.

Technology is Our Greatest Distraction

Before technology was as prevalent, people still procrastinated. In today’s world, procrastination is at an all-time high. While the internet provides the opportunity to grab information and be much more efficient, it’s also a great way to waste time. YouTube binge? Yes, please! Facebook for a few minutes (or hours)? Sure. Before we know it, the day is gone and we’ve accomplished nothing more than a status update and a nagging feeling of wasting a little piece of our lives.

It should definitely be pointed out that technology can be a wonderful asset. It has its place in our lives, and when used correctly, it can enhance our world like nothing else. But, when abused, it becomes risky and dangerous. Don’t be afraid to unplug from time to time and reclaim yourself and your life. You’ll likely go back to your technology with a new perspective and a little bit of respect.

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