I know I'm not the only one who has become a little obsessed with the internet and social media sites lately. There's twitter, instagram, blogging, YouTube, Facebook, and so many others. Add that in with our regular calls, texts, and emails we get daily, and it starts to become slightly overwhelming. I know for me that I'm constantly on those sites, and I have school work I do online, plus my actual job is all online. By the end of the day, I'm ready to toss my laptop out my bedroom window. I can almost bet that many of you feel the same way, and that is why I think we should all try a digital detox.
A digital detox is fairly self-explanatory. All you need to do is give yourself a break from all the various forms of technology in your life, just for a little bit. Yes, technology is great at times, but sometimes it just becomes a burden. Did you know that looking at a computer screen too long can cause damage to your eyes and may lead to you needing specific glasses earlier than normal if you don't already have them? Or how about looking down at your phone/tablets can cause wrinkles and creases in your neck? They apparently call it 'text neck', and I'm almost positive that many woman wouldn't want to take those chances.
Most importantly, constantly being on our phones, tablets, and computers causes us to miss out on the real life that is going on around us. I went to a concert, and 90% of the people around me were recording the concert on a camera or phone and not even watching it in real life. They didn't seem to really be enjoying themselves, so what was the point of going? There's conversations to be had, people to see face to face, and moments to be shared that can't happen on a device. I think people get way too caught up on trying to be into other people's lives and not enough of their own.
For this holiday season, I challenge you to have a digital detox and shut everything off for a while. Don't check out what your friends ate for Thanksgiving or how the snow looked in your cousin's backyard, just enjoy the moments you're living in right now, and you may find out things you never knew about the people closest to you. :)
Have a happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate, and I really hope some of you try this out! I know I'm going to!