Most of us are constantly connected – whether that’s checking mobile phones, tablets and laptops for texts, Facebook updates, or after-business-hours emails, or playing on gaming machines and computers.
But are we all too connected? According to research:
- 91% of us keep our mobiles within three feet of ourselves
- 84% said they couldn’t go a single day without their mobile device
- One in three of us makes phone calls and sends or receives texts/emails in bed
- The average person spends as much as three hours a day or more on social networks – that’s before you take into account browsing the internet!
When you see it written it down it’s scary isn’t it? Even scarier is that I’ve recently read about tech-free holidays or camps, where adults and business people (think CEO’s etc) go to digitally detox! Digital detox has even made it into the Oxford Dictionary.
Unfortunately as technology has grown the knock on effect has meant we aren’t switching off properly before bed. We’re over-wired; struggling with an information overload caused by the blurring of the boundaries between work and home lives. Studies have shown that people who use mobiles at bedtime take twice as long to drop off as the backlit light messes with their body clocks making it tough to nod off and stay asleep.
So what are the benefits to unplugging? Well to start, you feel a sense of freedom! We need to come down from a busy day so switching off gadgets gives you a huge chance to clear your head, allows you to unwind, relax and recharge those batteries. Why not try to find alternative ways of relaxing? When was the last time you read a good book, took an indulgent bath, spent quality time with your partner or family or had some general ‘me time’? Definitely one to ponder…