Do you remember a time when you took your dog for a walk without texting, or enjoyed a game with your friends without checking your email? It was called downtime and it was healthy for you. In this age of connectivity it seems like that may be a thing of the past. Today having our devices with us at all times is not unusual, but is it healthy?
It’s tough to deny that life has become easier on account of connectivity. We don’t need to panic about getting lost as our smartphones can guide us. We can easily stay on top of emails, social media interactions, and even Google information regardless of where we are.
But have you ever realized how infrequently we are alone with only our thoughts nowadays? Some social commentators have wondered if this increase in communication will negatively impact the philosophical side of our species. Without the time and space to sit and ponder will we cease to do so?
That’s a huge question, but there is an even more important question that you should contemplate: Is your constant connectivity healthy? When should you unplug from your tablet, smartphone, and iPod?
It’s not healthy to always be working. It’s equally unhealthy to always be searching for the next piece of entertainment, gossip, or tweet from a friend. In other words, the body needs time to rest, to reflect, to think. If you find that you can not go a few minutes without checking your e-mail, sending a text, or Tweeting a friend, perhaps it’s time to unplug.
While being connected helps create relationships online it can harm ones offline. When you’re out withyour friends and family members it may be good practice to unplug. It’s just too easy to text and check your email, forgetting to give the ones around you the attention they deserve.
If you find that you’re seldom without an electronic gadget in your hand, consider unplugging, at least for a short while. You will probably find that working less makes you more effective and less stressed.