The other day I was taking a bath in my glorious bath tub. While I took a bath, I watched The Carrie Dairies on Netflix on my macbook propped up on my sink. I suddenly realized that there was something wrong with this picture. The main purpose of a bubble bath is to relax. How relaxed can you be with a bright screen staring back at you?
I began to think about how "plugged-in" I am. I am constantly checking Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter on my phone. I am always on my computer doing something; emailing, blogging, researching, pinteresting. If I am not doing something on my computer, some sort of TV show or movie is playing on it. I thought maybe since we didn't have cable, I would watch less TV. I used to keep the TV on a lot just as background noise. Since I have started using shows on my computer as background noise, I usually end up paying more attention to it rather than paying attention to what I am doing at the time.
As much as I love blogging, it has definitely taken a part in my constant attachment to technology. As bloggers we are always emailing, replying to comments, writing/editing posts, fiddling with designs, using social media, and so much more. If we aren't at the computer, we are hooked to social media and constantly taking pictures or doing things for blog content.
Technology has given this world so many great things. Technology can heal, allowing people to see, hear, and walk again. Technology has helped us waste less and use our resources more effectively. Technology helps us have access to information we may not have had before, allowing us to learn and know more than ever before. Technology brings people together, making distances not seem as far. This is personally important to me as FaceTime has helped me feel closer to my friends and family back in the states.
Technology is so important in our lives, therefore it becomes important that we not let it take over our lives. This week I have started to make an effort to unplug. I made a large dent in the pile of books I've been meaning to read. I've been turning off my shows while I am doing other things and enjoying some silence. I have been trying to get out more, even if it's just for a walk. I am trying to make more of an effort to devote a certain period of time for blogging and have posts ready ahead of time. I play a game with myself to see how long I can go without looking at my phone.
Unplugging from technology is hard, but so refreshing. Challenge yourself to unplug for awhile, you won't be sorry!
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