Friday, March 9, 2012


It’s almost impossible to imagine what the world was like before television and radios, not to mention ipods, cell phones and pagers.  Today, being totally wired is in.  It’s how we communicate, how we learn, how we keep in the loop.  From our fancy smart phones to our iPads to our Kindles, we’re googling, emailing, facebooking, tweeting, Pinteresting, Skyping…if our bodies had an electric switch, they would be constantly “on”.  

While there are many advantages to this technologically dominated life we live- to name a few globalization, education, business with high speed, efficiency, and the ability to multi-task, there are also clear disadvantages.  Here are my TOP 3 reasons to "TECH-OFF" from technology: ...

1.  Big-time Stress
This constant stream of high volume information searching and exchange, fun and exciting as it is, is also severely draining and agitating.  You may be unaware but your mood and general stress level are at risk.  Web browsing, texting, tweeting, etc at all hours leaves you little time to mentally detox from this information overflow.  Being constantly wired is in essence the opposite of meditation- time for self-reflection and spiritual introspection, which would do us all some good.
2.  Neck/shoulder stiffness and pain
Excessive use of the computer is one of the most common causes of neck and shoulder stiffness and pain.  Bending over your desk or smart phone while typing and texting with poor posture can cause severe muscle strain or tension.  It's no fun not being able to turn your head to the left (or to the right for that matter). 
3.  Lack of human contact
While social networking is a fantastic means to educating ourselves, establishing new business and communicating with people who share similar personal and professional interests we would not have otherwise met, it’s important to take a break from it on a daily basis.  Leaving the virtual world and emerging into the real physical world to establish human connections is not only essential but satisfying and rewarding on a whole different level.
So now what?
Do yourself a favor and take a break.  Turn your phone, computer or any other device that seems to be a direct extension of your body off for a few hours each day.  You will miss your beloved like crazy for the first few days, but after a week or so, you will appreciate the digital sabbatical.  Take time to stretch your neck, arms, back and shoulders.  Take time to step outside and meet with friends and family or get involved in community projects and local groups where you can make new friends.  And most importantly, take time for yourself, to reflect on your accomplishments and goals.  You will see how much better you will feel.       


Anonymous said...

If I turn off my device, I won't be able to read this blog anymore :(

Solmaz Amirnazmi said...

Haha that is true-wouldn't want that! No need to turn off the device forever- just a mini-vaca each day from our phones, computers etc would do us all some good.