Okay, so you’re reading this blog right now — so you’re either on your mobile device, tablet or computer and obviously on the Internet. (Thanks for reading by the way!). Have you ever taken a technology free day? Not read any emails, only return important phone calls/texts, not scoured the internet?
According to one of the many fun and interesting infographics on the web, in ONE minute (yes, only 60 seconds!):
- 216,000 photos are posted
- 278,000 tweets are written
- 72 hours of videos are uploaded on YouTube
- 70 new domains (website addresses) are registered and 572 websites are created
- 11,000 active users are on Pinterest
Yes, in ONE minute. Now I admit to being a heavy web user. For one, it’s part of my full-time profession; two, I manage this blog; and three, I teach digital marketing to college students. So you can imagine the time I spend staring at a computer screen. My eye doctor concurs as I now have a stronger prescription for glasses, need readers to see small print and am forced to take breaks to give my eyes a rest.
I started taking a technology free day this summer. Difficult at first, I now look forward to the one day a week (usually a weekend day) where I don’t open my laptop, only make calls that are necessary and don’t return texts unless they are an emergency. It was like breaking an addiction — not as bad as my addiction to diet Dr. Pepper or dark chocolate, but almost.
What I’ve gained from my technology free day is TIME. Time to do more creative pursuits, read more, relax, go outside, spend time with friends (and the cell phone is IN my purse with the ringer OFF). I notice when my phone is put away and not placed right in front me, I’m much more engaged in conversations and a better listener.
Technology surrounds us and is everywhere — its brought much good to the world, to our economy, to our jobs. But there’s also a downside. Technology has direct affects on how we communicate with each other, how we spend our time, how we learn. Ever seen an elevator open and all you see are the tops of heads because everyone is staring down at their cell phone? Ever seen someone fall or trip on a sidewalk because they were texting and not watching where they were walking? Ever been to a meeting at work and out come the cell phones and laptops while someone is making a presentation? We can say we multi-task but I doubt one can listen and also read, comprehend and/or write at the same time.
Take a day and put your phone/tablet/computer away. Try it. You may find that the world doesn’t stop, you don’t miss much and you’re having a great time with your family and friends because YOU.ARE.PRESENT.
Written by Ms. Renee Vevea, admitted technology addict in recovery.