How to Take a Meaningful Break from Your Smartphone
By Sara Butler
Humans have a complicated relationship with technology. It's something that has advanced our civilization in so many ways but also has had a huge impact on how people relate to one another and the time spent together. It's not a bad idea to take a break from technology every now and again by putting away that smartphone. But just how do you do in any way that will actually make a difference in your life? Here are a few suggestions to help you take a meaningful break from technology in your life.
Put Your Phone Away
When you walk in the door at the end of the day, put your phone away. Either leave it in your backpack or set it up on the charger -- whatever you do, keep it out of your hands. If you're worried about missing an important phone call or emergency, consider getting a digital home phone or landline so you can reclaim the time you're home in the evening with your family without being a slave to handheld technology.
It's a good idea to set an auto-text reply after a certain time to let people know you're simply not available but can be reached in other ways.
Throw It in the Trunk
Be honest, how often do you use your phone when you're driving even though you know you really shouldn't? Probably more than you are comfortable admitting. So, make your time in the car technology-free by putting your phone in the back seat or in the trunk of the car. Use that time to listen to some music or simply have a conversation with someone who may be with you. Shocking suggestion!
Designate a Shutdown Time
It's not unusual to have family members all with their own devices, so it's not a bad idea to have designated shutdown times for everyone. When it's time for dinner, have everyone put their device in a basket or leave them in their rooms. Then, enjoy time together as a family, discussing your day. Remember, there was a time before smartphones and people actually did talk at dinner.
Your smartphone doesn't have to take over your life. In fact, it's a good thing to separate yourself from your technology every once in a while to simply enjoy spending time with people you care about.
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