There was a time when everyone from pastors, to psychologists to medical doctors, were urging people whose jobs required them to be on a computer for eight hours a day to take a break away from that glaring screen in front of them. However, times have changed and nearly everyone in society has their face glued to a monitor, no matter how small a mobile device it may be, literally every moment of their waking day. Technology has begun to rule our lives and now everyone is being advised to take that much-needed break away. But why, you might ask? For starters, here are four very good reasons why!
1. Life Is Too Short Not to Experience It
While it may be entertaining bouncing from site to site to see what your favorite celebs are doing, that isn’t nearly as much fun as going to a concert or hitting a touring Broadway show. Why not take a walk in your local park or go canoeing with a friend? Perhaps you’d like to spend an hour with a group of real-life players solving a kidnapping mystery in one of the famous Escape Room Columbus. Don’t live in Ohio? Never fear, there are escape rooms all over the country and each is just as much fun as the next.
2. Keeping Relationships Alive
Have you ever visited a restaurant only to see girlfriend and boyfriend happily texting away on their cell phones? It should come as no surprise that 90% of that time they are texting each other literally at the same table! Why not put the phones away, hold hands and walk along the beach? Go to a movie or get a cocktail or two at a local club. Dancing is so much more romantic than texting, don’t you think?
3. The Need for Physical Activity
Speaking of dancing, that’s one way to get some physical activity in. If you aren’t into jogging, running, weight lifting, sports or any other ‘recognized’ form of exercise, join a dance class or go swimming. Your body won’t stay healthy and fit for long without at least 3 to 5 hours a week of some form of aerobic exercise. Mayo Clinic says that you need at least a half hour a day, and they are the experts. Get that blood flowing and all that oxygen circulating will help to refresh a tired brain.
4. Things Still Need to Get Done
Then there is life in the real world. Sometimes we get so carried away online that we forget that tomorrow is garbage day and the barrels need to be brought out to the curb. Those dinner dishes aren’t going to wash; even with a dishwasher, you still need to load it! What about that laundry overflowing the hamper or the dust that’s piled up on your bookshelves? So many things are automated now, but some things still need to get done the old fashioned way and unless you step away from that computer or game system, nothing will get done. That’s a fact.
Of course, there are still those doctors and pastors telling you that for your own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health you need to get back to the real world, at least from time to time. Even techies who spend a good part of their waking day in front of one gadget or another know the wisdom of this. Want to have more fun and live a better quality of life? That’s why you need to take a break from technology in a nutshell.