A few weeks ago Matthew came across an interesting article covering a topic that I’ve thought about quite a bit lately (or, let’s be honest here, have not thought about too much these days). Consuming various technologies and the Internet at home, at work and on the go simply is so inevitable that we hardly notice we are doing it.
Following to reading this article – http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/25/technology-is-the-new-smoking/ – and one on social media addiction that I came across some time ago – http://socialmediatoday.com/steve-olenski/306021/social-addiction-its-more-serious-we-think– here are few questions to think about;
– How much time does it take you after waking up before reaching for the phone to check your emails, Facebook notifications, Twitter @’s?
– When you’re left at a restaurant table/bar on your own , do you take out your phone and starting browsing, pretending you’ve got loads of emails/text messages/tweets to follow up on? Or do you really simply observe the environment, the people and enjoy the moment?
– Do you ever take your phone with you when going to the bathroom? Be honest! Well, apparently, research indicates that no place or moment is sacred when it comes to using a phone – http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/2011/08/a-nation-addicted-to-smartphones/
While I’m a true fan of all things digital and strongly believe in the power it holds, there are moments when I think: what else could I do with time spent browsing social media networking sites.
As the holiday month is (already!) half way through, should people try and stay outdoors without using any technologies? According to a recent study though, this doesn’t seem to be happening with European holiday-makers very reluctant to leave their phones at home: http://www.fourthsource.com/news/european-holidaymakers-cant-leave-the-internet-at-home-3165
Could you challenge yourself to ‘a digital detox’ session and take a day off from using technologies of all kinds? Just like our bodies need recovery time, so do our minds. So why not grab your sunnies (even if it’s not sunny, pretend it is because the summer’s too short anyway) and head outdoors when you get a minute…and don’t forget to leave your technology behind!