We live in an age where technology rules so much of our lives – where we’re almost never without a phone in our hands or away from some type of screen. In many ways, technology makes our lives easier. It enables us to communicate, learn, find entertainment, shop, & so much more. However, if we’re not careful, technology can take over our lives & dominate our free time.
It can be hard to put down electronics, especially when they can provide us with an escape from the real world. But, there is a lot of value in spending less time online.
When people spend too much time on their phones & computers, it can lead to a feeling of being disconnected from the real world. We can become so focused on what we are seeing online that what’s happening around us in the real world doesn’t seem to have as much importance. This can end up having a negative effect on our mental health, even making us more susceptible to anxiety & depression.
Spending less time on the internet also can help to improve your relationships. If you spend all of your free time chatting over the internet, you’ll miss out on the real world conversations that are part of our closest relationships. When you spend time with your loved ones without the distraction of your phone, you will nurture those important relationships.
The physical health benefits of decreased internet use are also something to consider. Too much time sitting in front of a screen can lead to neck & back pain, headaches, & more. Taking a step away from the computer & reading a book, or doing a different activity can be just as fun, if not more fun, than spending time online.
Spending less time online can help us to appreciate the present moment more. We can get so consumed with what’s going on with our notifications & posts that we forget to appreciate the beauty & joy right in front of us. Instead of being caught up in what’s happening on the internet, we should be mindful of the little, ordinary moments like enjoying a nice cup of tea, taking in the beauty of a garden or getting in extra playtime with our pets.
Finally, when you forgo spending time on the internet, you can open yourself up to discovering new skills & hobbies as well as exploring new & different experiences. Or, you can revisit things you once enjoyed doing yet gave up.
There are some easy things you can do to break the habit of spending so much time online. Stop reaching for your phone the moment you have any free time. Instead, pray, pick up a book, reach for a craft project, write in your journal or call a friend. Also delete those apps you no longer use or are big time wasters. There is nothing wrong with playing a game on your phone, but if that game takes up a lot of your time, it needs to go. Remember, electronics should serve us, not monopolize all of our free time.
In many ways, technology makes our lives easier. We just need to remember to be careful & not let it take over our free time or even our lives.
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