Though technology can be used to improve our lives in certain ways, sometimes ditching it is
necessary for our well-being.
We may need time to recover or just time to spend in nature.
Sometimes we just get bored looking at screens, no matter what’s put on them.
Whether you just want some contact with other humans, are hungry or want a break from tech,
there are plenty of healthy and entertaining alternatives.
Even if you aren’t feeling the need to break off, there are some concerns about spending too much
time with tech.
“Just like all good things,
too much technology may even
be bad for our health.”
Between constant blue light exposure, eyestrain, poor posture and maybe even the rare case of
electromagnetic sensitivity, there are many other reasons to get away—at least for a while.
Here are some reasons you should consider taking a break from technology.
For the average American, spending a night without some screen-time rarely, if ever happens
Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have made it easier than ever for us to access
the internet from just about anywhere we go.
Now many of us have the habit of lying down to scroll through blogs or social media before bed,
as well as check our text messages and email.
These sorts of habits can, unfortunately, lead to poor sleep.
“Unplugging, powering down, or covering
items that give off bright light during the
night is a good way to avoid the effects
they can have on your body.”
Exposure to bright lights at night may actually cause a variety of health problems.
Screens and LED displays give off blue light, which is the most detrimental, as do other common
household items such as cable boxes, modern alarm clocks, game consoles and appliances.
Unplugging, powering down, or covering items that give off bright light during the night is a good
way to avoid the effects they can have on your body.
For small display lights such as those on computer monitors and TVs, a piece of tape can be used.
Mobile devices can be stored in a separate room if necessary.
Less Time Spent Outdoors
Even though certain electronics are mobile and can be used on the go, there are many that can’t
and having access to your favorite technology could mean spending the majority of your free
Over time, this can lead to poor health because of a lack of physical activity and sun exposure.
“In order to obtain proper amounts
of vitamin D without supplementation,
you must spend enough time
under the sun.”
It can also boost your mood, prevent infections and spending time outdoors is a great way to
ground yourself as well as interact with others.
For children, it can even prevent them from developing nearsightedness and increase their
critical thinking skills.
Keep in mind that using technology on the go too frequently can also reduce your awareness
of the world around you.
The Need to De-stress
Technology can certainly provide us with joy, entertainment and convenience, but there’s also a
downside to using it too often.
Stressful events can take place online or due to internet use.
Inadvertently oversharing on social media, for example, can sometimes cause conflicts with others
and lead to the intrusion of your privacy.
Internet security threats are also common.
Since modern technology (mainly smart devices) provides new outlets for hackers to access peoples’
personal information, cyber crime is on the rise.
Computers are generally protected with the right software, but often we forget about safeguarding
our mobile devices.
If you happen to become the target of a hacker or even a cyberbully, using internet-enabled devices
can quickly become stressful.
It’s good to take a break from your gadgets every so often to de-stress when or if anything upsetting
occurs on them.
Even electronics that don’t connect to the internet can malfunction and add some extra stress to our
lives, so remember to walk away when you need to recover.
You’ve probably seen people texting while driving or looking down at the screen of their smartphone
when they’re walking across the street at least once.
It seems like this is increasingly accepted as the norm as of late, but feeling the need to constantly use
technology could actually be considered an addiction.
If you find yourself checking the internet more often than you should or if you’re spending more time
with your favorite gadgets than you are with your friends and family, ditching tech for a bit is a wise idea.
Sometimes it’s easy to fall into the habit of constantly using a gadget.
Some people play video games non-stop or check email, social media pages and text messages every
You may not even realize when you’re overusing technology or what constitutes overuse, so practice
being mindful of how often you’re using your gadgets.
Taking note of every time you use a gadget is a good way to determine whether or not you’re overusing them.
If you tend to check the internet or use any of your non-essential electronics more than once every hour
or two, you might want to consider cutting back.
Muting or disabling certain app notifications on your smartphone may be helpful as well.
“Developing healthier habits when
it comes to the use of gadgets may
be difficult at first, but worthwhile
in the long-term.”
Technology and Wellness
Whether you have developed a tech addiction like so many of us in the modern world have or have just
been spending too much time indoors surrounded by technology at home or work, taking a break is
never a bad thing.
Developing healthier habits when it comes to the use of gadgets may be difficult at first, but worthwhile
in the long-term.
There’s no need to avoid tech altogether, but understanding how to utilize it in a healthy manner can go
a long way!
About the Author
Caroline is a health and wellness blogger who enjoys sharing tips others can use to promote their own personal well-being. You can read more of her work at ehealthinformer.com
Do you agree that it’s sometimes necessary to ditch tech to be well?
Why or why not?
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