Most of us rely on technology for various aspects of our life- work, school, entertainment, communication, relaxation, the list goes on. But that reliance can also become an unhealthy dependence fairly easily. Did you know that 67% of cell phone owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls even when they didn't hear a ring or feel their phone vibrate? And almost a third described their cell phone as "something they can't imagine living without"? (source) As this study is somewhat dated, I'd bet those numbers are even higher now. It can be hard to break that cycle of dependence on our electronics but it is important to unplug. Below are two of my favorite reasons from the article "7 Important Reasons to Unplug" from www.becomingminimalist.com
1. Life, at its best, is happening right in front of you. 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.
2. Solitude is harder to find in an always-connected world. Solitude grounds us to the world around us. It provides the stillness and quiet required to evaluate our lives and reflect on the message in our hearts. In a world where outside noise is coming quicker and louder than ever, the need for solitude becomes more apparent… and easier to overlook. True solitude and meditation will always require the intentional action of shutting off the noise and the screens. You can find the rest of the article "7 Important Reasons to Unplug" here.
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