I am probably the worst person to talk to about taking a break from technology as my phone is pretty much surgically attached to my hand but after a spa weekend where I tried my best to put my phone I am in definite agreement that breaks from technology can be the very best. How many times do you switch on your phone and flick through social media only to come across things you’ve already seen, or how often do you refresh your emails and end up replying to messages mere minutes after you read them?
The world doesn’t stop if you’re not on social media
Shock horror if you don’t post on Instagram for a day, or you don’t check your Facebook notifications the world doesn’t stop. People won’t instantly unfollow you on social media if you don’t post every single day and your friends will not hate on you if it takes a full 24 hours to accept an event invite or link them tagging you in a funny meme. Sometimes I feel people worry that they’ll miss something if they don’t check social media every hour of every day but you really won’t.
Experience the real world
This is one of my biggest hates at gigs, too many people spend the whole show filming and just watch their screens and not the artist in front of them. When you take a technology break, or even just take a photo of something then put your phone away you experience so much more. I’m completely guilty of being out in London and spending time taking snaps for Instagram stories, posting updates on my Twitter and ensuring that my day is shown on social media, but then sometimes I miss out on real things which are right in front of me. I am trying to make more of an effort of putting my phone away once I’ve done what I need to do rather than clutching it like a newborn baby.
Remind yourself of the little things
When you turn off from technology you have a chance to remember the little things and how great life can be. When I’m not concentrating on my laptop or my phone I find that my senses almost feel heightened as I am paying more attention. Lighting a candle and smelling it’s first burn, the laughter of people, the smile that someone you love has when you give them a compliment and your mind expanded after you read that book you’ve been putting off.
Spend time with the people you love
Social media can be great for keeping us all in touch with people who otherwise we’d never speak to but by taking time away from technology and spending time with real people you’re pushing relationships and forging friendships. I hate it when I go out for dinner and see groups and couples just sat there staring at their phones, if you don’t have enough to say to one another to cover the timespan of a meal then you should really think about who you’re hanging out with. When I’m with my female friends we have a strictly no phones policy unless it’s an emergency and we find that we talk and laugh so much more when everyone’s engaged in what’s going on.
Ignore the FOMO
I know when I scroll through social media and read other people’s blogs I always get a massive feeling of FOMO (fear of missing out) and find myself yearning to visit that quirky bar or jump on a plane to that stunning country. If you simply take time out from technology – social media especially – you can minimize your feelings of fomo as you won’t be seeing what everyone else is getting up to. How much good does it do us if we’re just seeing the profiles that others want us to see to make them look like they’re always having a great time?! Everybody has down days, or those days where all they do is housework, but do they put it on social media?! Unlikely. You won’t be made to feel bad about your down time if you’re looking away from technology.
Live a healthier lifestyle
Technology is making us increasingly lazy, we spend evenings at home in front of the television, or spend mornings laying in bed scrolling through Facebook when we could be outside. By taking time away from technology you can go for a walk to see more of your local sites, you could go to a class at the gym and release some endorphins or make that fresh smoothie you’ve been meaning to but have never had the time for.
Do you take time away from technology?