In a world run by technology, it’s seemingly impossible to escape for even a moment. Posting a picture or sending a tweet seems to be the only thing on our minds these days. As social media becomes more and more prominent and technology evolves, we find ourselves spending less time engaging with people, and more time behind a screen. However, March 6th is our chance to unplug from the pulls of computers, televisions, and cellphones. The National Day of Unplugging is 24 hours of zero technology. While it may seem nearly impossible, there are many reasons to participate in the National Day of Unplugging.
Why We Should Unplug
Many of us can’t go an hour or even 30 minutes without scrolling through Instagram or checking Snapchat. Even work can continue to haunt you well past the typical 9 to 5 job with the accessibility of people through technology. Although this is incredibly beneficial, there are times when everyone needs a break from the glow of the screen. If you can’t imagine a day without technology, sign the pledge to unplug on March 6th. The National Day of Unplugging allows us to reconnect with our friends, our family, the world, and ourselves.
The Impact of Too Much Screen Time
It’s safe to say that almost all of us who have smartphones are guilty of keeping them glued to our hands at some point or another. Scrolling mindlessly through social media before bed is another activity that many people engage in. However, studies have shown that too much screen time can negatively impact sleep and even how our brains function. According to Psychology Today, even as little as two hours of screen time a day can impact the brain, potentially resulting in reduced attention and memory abilities. Additionally, it can even impact the way we think, read, and write.
Social Media and Mental Health
Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and more–social media is a staple in the lives of many. Although social media can connect you with millions of people online, as humans, face to face connections can’t be replaced. Studies have shown that too much time on social media can actually cause feelings of isolation, anxiety, and even depression. On the other hand, engaging with your friends, family, or even a stranger in person can boost your mood in a way social media cannot.
How Can You Unplug?
Being technology free for 24 hours can sound overwhelming and impossible. However, it doesn’t have to be! Enjoy a family dinner, or invite your friends over for a game night. With nothing but you and your loved ones, there is plenty of time to truly enjoy and connect with those around you. Go on a walk outside, read a book before bed, or eat dinner without the glow of the television lighting. You can download and print posters from the National Day of Unplugging website that say “I unplug to ____ “. Give them out to your friends and family! Why do you unplug? Is it to spend quality time with those around you? Or maybe it’s to give yourself the break that we all deserve. Take some time away from technology to reconnect with your friends, family, nature, and yourself.
Take the pledge today to participate in the National Day of Unplugging. You’d be surprised how our lives are centered around technology. Although technology is an incredible tool for us to work and live our daily lives, it’s also beneficial to get back to the basics. Even if you can’t take the whole day to plug, you owe it to yourself to take an hour each day to set down the phone, shut the computer, and unwind!
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