Technology has certainly made our lives a lot easier in the past few years. It’s hard for most of us to imagine not being able to send an instant text message, Google the answer to any question that may pop into our head, or catch up on what our friends are doing through a quick browse on Facebook or Instagram.
Although this has literally put the world at our fingertips, constantly relying on our tech may not always be a great thing. Watching TV or scrolling through our phones late at night can negatively affect the quality of our sleep, making us less alert the next day, and too much screen time can cause eye strain and tension headaches. Additionally, being constantly connected to the online world can easily distract us from what is actually going on around us, preventing us from fully enjoying the here and now. Sometimes, doing things ‘the old fashioned way’ can be better for us. The good news is that there are several ways in which you can take a step back from technology:
INSTEAD OF CATCHING UP OVER WHATSAPP – CATCH UP OVER COFFEE
Our mobile phones have made it so much easier to keep in touch with those people in our lives who we don’t often see. However, catching up via WhatsApp by no means compares to getting together in person and enjoying each other’s company face to face. After all, that’s how all the best memories are made!
INSTEAD OF POSTING ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ ON SOMEONE’S FACEBOOK WALL – POST ONE THROUGH THEIR LETTER BOX
We’re so used to sending a quick message via text or Facebook to wish our family and friends a happy birthday. It’s convenient because it’s an easy way of letting them know that you were thinking of them. However, receiving a birthday card through your letter box is so much more special and meaningful.
GET LOST IN A REAL BOOK – NOT MINDLESS SCROLLING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Most of us spend a good chunk of our day reading – whether it’s the news, our emails, or our friends’ social media posts. It’s very easy to limit our reading to what we see online. However, instead of spending prolonged periods of time reading off a screen, why not have a browse through your local bookshop and pick up a new book to read? No technological device will ever come close to the smell of a brand new book!
KEEP TRACK OF TIME THE TRADITIONAL WAY
Relying on your phone’s alarm to wake you up in the morning means that you inevitably check your phone first thing in the morning – and this normally leads to checking your work emails and social media channels before even getting out of bed. Instead, invest in a real alarm clock. This will not only look better on your bedside table, but it will also help you to take a step back from your phone, allowing you to enjoy a calmer start to the day. Similarly, wearing a wristwatch is another great way of reducing your screen time, as it stops you from having to look at your phone every time you want to check the time.
OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
Undoubtedly, the best way of taking a step back from technology is to keep it out of sight. Keep your phone in a different room when you’re at home, and turn off as many notifications as possible to avoid getting distracted when you’re out and about. It’s hard to completely switch off from technology, especially when we’re constantly surrounded by it. However, making an effort to unplug and disconnect ourselves from the online world whenever possible helps us to relax and truly enjoy the world around us.
© 2018 – VIDA Magazine – Rachel Spiteri