Unplugged – and I don’t mean MTV acoustics.
Often time in pursuit of our dreams and career aspirations we tend to loose sights those things and people that are not in our immediate views. Why? Because we are are plugged in.
If you are not a generation x, y, or millennial you may not be familiar with this term plugged in. Plugged in means: the availability of your time and concentration on the stratosphere of the World Wide Web. Which consist of, email, social media platforms, text messaging, same time chat rooms, messenger applications, teleweb conferences, and FaceTime just to name a few.
Maybe 1-50 times a day you are constantly fixated on checking your various timeline of events. Your facebook timeline, twitter timeline, Instagram timeline, and Google plus timelines. Simply because of the science of being being plugged in. As humans we have figured out a way to plug our own selves to machines, and become a functional working component of such machines. Giving our countless hours of attention per day to the World Wide Web.
The internet has become part of our hygiene we wake up bright an early in the morning no longer on our way to the gym, but instead checking our various inboxes with RED signal alerts letting us know how important we are just for the day.
What do we give up for these time we spend being plugged in. We spend less time reading actual books, publication such as newspaper, and magazines. Whom are continuously going out of business one right after the other, like dominos. Some publication businesses are choosing to go digital completely assimilating with the public’s demand, creating platforms that allows the transfer of information to get directly into palms of their subscribers hands. Some have even created apps sending you notifications on real time news so you are informed and ‘Plugged In’.
Not just women are guilty but both men and women children and even grandparents. We are all Plugged IN.
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Tips to keep yourself sane and Unplugged
1. Give yourself designated hours for plugged in activities and stick with it, when that time ends, put your phone on silent, or turn it completely off.
2. Look around you and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you it’s called life and no matter how high the camera resolution, it will never capture the beauty of life unless viewed through your own eyes.
3. Pay attention to things that do not come with a red flag notification, and that is people. People do not come with an alert notifications because they are humans. Treat them as such. Your husbands, wives, children, friends, colleagues and relatives; they count the most, never forget that.
4. Listen to your CDs. Take a trip to your local music store and buy a CD. Forget automation, iTunes download. If it’s your favorite artist then they are worth the trip to the store. Not saying you will need a Walkman or a new stereo, but try listening in the car.
5. Turn off notification alerts on your phone. Check your email at 3 designated times of the day. Morning Noon and Night.
7. Make the bedroom a media free-zone. Where you and your spouse have to spend time actually communicating in person rather than via text messaging or email.
8. Only allow your children 1 hour on technology per day. Additional amount of time spent with technology can be detrimental to their developer. So cease the ipads, ipods and any other mobile devices.
For more suggestion check out these tips. Read more of this on wsj.com ” Your Blackberry or your Wife”
Featured image by: Vadim Sherbakov
By: Denise Williams