Does this sound familiar?
Hi, my name is Michael and I am a Technology Addict
Group Reply – Hi Michael
Technology is the best thing since sliced bread and absolutely the worst thing to ever happen. I am a closet techie and I have chosen to disconnect and go back a decade or so to a simpler time.
Years ago – Friends would come to my house and ask, “Why don’t you have a TV in your bedroom?”
My answer was simple – the bedroom is for two things – sleeping and sex. A TV interrupts both.
Today, technology INVADES our bedrooms and lives.
How many phones, tablets and TV’s do you have in your bedroom when you go to bed? The answer should be none, nada, zip. You don’t need them in your bedroom and all they do is interrupt your sleep and MAKE YOU FAT.
That’s right your use of technology is making you fat. The blue light emitted by all of these devices has been show to interrupt sleep habits and interrupt your metabolism.
If you want to know more about this, then click here and read Chris Kesser’s article How artificial light is wrecking your sleep, and what to do about it.
I need my phone with me at home
I recognize the excuse you are going to give me about this even before you use them.
1. I don’t have a home phone – put your phone in the bathroom, turn the volume up and set the DO NOT DISTRUB setting on your iPhone and iPad. It is simple and immediately improves your sleep and eliminates those annoying text and calls that are not important in the middle of the night.
2. I use it for an alarm clock – this is even better – If your Alarm clock phone is in the bathroom, you will have to get out of bed to turn it off – Viola – no more sleeping in and a higher probability that you are not going to immediately begin your day with browsing insignificant information.
I Now Return Myself to a Normal Life
Here’s a few simple ways you can temporarily liberate yourself from your phone, as well, and rediscover your own fascinating human experience:
1) Leave it in the car.
Pump gas. Buy bread. Pick up your dry cleaning. Eat with your friend. You don’t need to fill every in-between moment with Facebook or email or Words with Friends. Instead, look around at the 3-D world of colors you’re immersed in. Listen to the wild array of sounds happening right now. Just enjoy being in your human body for a few moments.
2) Don’t bring it to bed.
Take your last look and turn it off before you enter your bedroom to sleep. You’ll get better rest in the morning and better remember your dreams, too, since you can’t just roll over and start dousing your brain with endless information. Think of it as beauty sleep.
3) Take it off your desktop.
Constant interruptions result in poor work habits and subpar work. Years ago, I turned the DING off in Outlook. This week, I put my IPhone in my briefcase and only check it when I am finished with a project and taking a break. If you really need me – call my office.
4) Take a walk without it.
A recent study shows that simply walking for 8 minutes can significantly boost creativity. Since March, I have been enjoying daily walks using my FITBIT. The highlight of my walk — NO PHONE. I cannot tell you have many Owls and birds I have heard while walking early in the morning or how many new neighbors I have met. Try it and set yourself free.
5) Put it in time-out.
Designate an hour a day or one evening a week to turn off your phone and put it in a drawer. Actually turning it off is important, at least for me. Sometimes I feel as though I’ve become psychologically connected to my smart phone like it’s my twin. Even when I can’t see it, knowing it’s still gathering intelligence can make me itchy to see what exciting new things it has come up with. When it’s switched off, I find it deeply calming that it’s now only a piece of shiny metal accumulating zero information.
There are surely countless ways to take a smart-phone break.
Judging by the commercial, even God needs a break from his smart phone.
I am claiming my life back from the technology addiction – will you join me? Plus with all the walking I am certainly getting better looking and healthier.
I would love to hear your stories of how technology has interrupted your life.