We are connected most of the time these days. I consider myself extremely connected, and even I find myself at times overwhelmed by how connected people are. We’ve often gone out to dinner with friends to find at least one of them totally ignoring the conversation because they are completely engrossed in checking the news/Facebook/Instagram/the weather on their phone. They look up, startled, when you call their name several times in a row. We’ve been out to dinner and seen couples sitting across the table from one another not even talking, but looking down at their phones. While having the internet at your fingertips at all times can be super useful, maybe sometimes it can be useful to unplug.
The handy infographic below takes a look at why being constantly plugged in isn’t entirely a good thing, along with a few painless, easy ways to help us all unplug – even if just for a bit. Keep reading to learn more.
Unplugging is Good For You!
- 3 out of 5 people spend more time with their technology than they do with their spouse
- 81% of people are willing to interrupt a conversation or a meal to check their device
- The 25% of people who scored best on a multitasking test were those who actually focused on one task at a time
- Unplugging allows you to de-stress
- 86% of men and 67% of women work more than 40 hours per week
- A Harvard study reports that between 12 and 20 million people in the US have ‘at least a mild internet addiction’
- Those who are dependent lose interest in other activities, experience withdrawal symptoms, and need more and more time to get their ‘high’
- This often disrupts real life relationships, and forces the individual to use the internet to improve their mood
- 46% of Britons say they spend more time using their device in bed, while 15% say it affects the amount of sex they have
- Some ailments from overuse of the internet include eyestrain, back pain, headaches, and itchy, watery eyes
Ways to Unplug
- Set aside a special time for social media
- Avoid checking your phone within an hour of waking and an hour of going to bed
- Move apps away from your home screen
- Disable notifications
- Find alternative activities to take up a few minutes, like stretching, prioritizing your to-do list, brushing and flossing your teeth, doing some pushups, or taking a walk