Giving up technology may offer you a range of benefits.
Technology may have been designed to help us accomplish more in less time and stay connected with people all around the world, but it’s also cause of stress, anxiety, poor performance and reduced productivity. Here are seven benefits you’ll enjoy if you give up technology (even if it’s just for an hour a day).
- You’re more relaxed: Technology can make it hard for us to determine what tasks and situations are in fact important, as instant communication makes it appear like all tasks are urgent. By slowing down and being present in the moment helps to reduce the urgency of unimportant tasks, allowing you to relax and not worry about things in the past or the future.
- You’ll think clearer: When you unplug, it gives your brain space for the best ideas and solutions to develop. Directing your attention away from distractions and interactions with other people gives you an opportunity to think more clearly. You’ll be amazed with what you come up with.
- You’ll get more done: While we like to think the brain can multitask, the truth is it can’t! When we’re doing a few things at once, the brain rapidly switches from task to task. While the brain is stimulated when we’ve have lots on the go, the truth is we’re not as productive. Turning off email alerts, mobile phones and electronic notifications will reduce the number of distractions and help you to get more done in less time.
- You’ll sleep better: The bright light-emitting diodes that allow us to use our mobile devices in dimly lit rooms can interfere with melatonin, the hormone that helps control the natural sleep-wake cycle, suppressing the body’s levels by around 23%. Then of course there is the anxiety caused by work or other stress-inducing emails that are keeping us up too. By keeping technology out of the bedroom you will be more likely to fall asleep easier and enjoy better quality sleep too!
- You’ll be more present: Looking down at devices means your missing all the amazing things happening around you in that moment. Connecting with everything and everyone around you in that exact moment grounds you and provides stillness. This enables you to evaluate and reflect on your life, and to achieve the things that are the most important to you.
- You’ll be happier: Research from Germany has found that one in three people feel worse after visiting Facebook and more dissatisfied with their life. There is also the fear of missing out (FOMO) phenomenon thanks to social media streams being filled with what everyone else is doing. Switching off provides you with an opportunity to focus on contentment and appreciation for the amazing people and situations in your life.
- You’ll have better relationships: Emails, texts and social media posts draw your attention away from your nearest and dearest family and friends and focus it our your devices instead. Turning of your technology enables you to dedicate all your attention to the people you are with, strengthening your relationships. At the end of the day, it’s your closest family and friends that will be there to give you support when you really need it, not your devices.