How many times have you browsed social media on your lunch break? Do you even take your phone to the bathroom with you? After work do you leave one screen only to turn on another?
If you answered yes to any of these questions - you're not alone.
Our entanglement with technology, and social media, is hijacking our 'wiring' and slowly turning off the spigot to our natural joy chemicals.
Remember serotonin? Yeah, we didn't either. But it's still available if you're interested.
Below are five excerpts sharing how unplugging can improve your life.
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1. Boost in Creativity
Numerous studies and much accepted wisdom suggest that time spent doing nothing, being bored, is beneficial for sparking and sustaining creativity.
With our iPhone in hand - our minds, always engaged, always fixed on that tiny screen, may simply never get bored.
And our creativity suffers…. (Brian S. Hall, The iPhone Killed My Creativity)
2. Avoid Feelings of Anxiousness
In a 2015 public opinion poll, approximately one-half of participants said they could not live without a smartphone.
In experimental studies, when separated from their smartphones many participants exhibited symptoms associated with withdrawal from addictive substances; anxiety, increased heart rate, and increased blood pressure. (Social Media and Mood Disorders; When Is It Time to Unplug, American Family Physician, 2017)
3. Less Feelings of Jealousy
Kapersky Lab conducted a study titled How Social Media Threatens Real Life Communication (2016). There were 16,750 participants, split evenly between men and women at least 16 years old and from 18 countries.
Two of their findings related directly to social media and jealousy.
Nearly 60% of participants viewed a friend as having a better life than their own simply by seeing that friend’s social media activity, and almost half were upset after viewing photos from a friend’s happy holiday celebration.
42% were jealous when they saw a friend had more likes or comments than they did on a status update.
4. Increase Presence in the Moment
The abbreviation FOMO was added to the Oxford dictionary (2013) and defined as “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.”
To avoid this feeling of being left out, some persons have an impulse to constantly connect with others through social media, which in turn can make them feel dissatisfied, anxious, and unworthy.
Even when patients are not actually able to name anything in particular that they are missing out on, they may still possess fear that others are having a better time. (American Family Physician, Oct 2017)
5. Increase Quality Time
Our world may be changing. But the true nature of life is not.
Life, at its best, is happening right in front of you. These experiences will never repeat themselves. These conversations are unfiltered and authentic.
And the love is real.
Imagine how good your mind would feel after sixty minutes of uninterrupted silence.
No buzzing phone, no notifications, ringtones, emails, or text. Just a rich, deep, calming silence for your mind to recharge and replenish.
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