Allison Acquaviva
Author: Allison Acquaviva


Technology: Why it’s OK to Step Away.

Apr 4, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Ahhh good old technology. What would we ever do without it? It’s hard to imagine life without iPods, iPhones, iPads, and of course social media.

But, guess what? We survived long before these inventions came around, and we can do it again.

Reasons why it’s OK to step away from the phone AND social media

1) RESPECT

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This should be an obvious one. Unfortunately, it’s not. Nothing bugs me more than seeing people constantly on their phones, especially when they’re supposed to be engaged in a conversation. How on earth can you be paying attention to what someone’s saying if you’re mind is on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? Granted we’re all guilty of this, I know, Technology and social media are addicting, but when you’re around other people, be courteous.

2) Health – Physical and Mental

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I think the picture sums it up pretty well. Think about it. How much of our time is consumed by technology and social media? Too much. It’s becoming unhealthy. I learned in one of my classes this semester that people spend an average time of 4 hours per day watching tv, and double that on social media! I can’t say I was surprised, but how healthy is that??  Not very. I’ve heard that people spend more time “instagraming” their food then just eating it. Not even kidding! Eating can’t even be technology free time anymore. The mind and body really need a break from all of that media don’t you think?

3) Focusing on Phones = Missed Memories

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That statement could not be more true. By spending time on your phone, iPad, etc can really take away precious time spent with your family and friends. All of my best memories do not involve technology in any way. It is so incredibly healthy and relaxing to spend time with those that love and care about you without having your phone attached to your hip. (And don’t give me the excuse that you use it for pictures….you can use a simple camera for that! ;) ) My point is….instead of connecting with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, connect with your family/friends instead and see how much more enjoyable it is. Miss someone? Call them on the phone, drive out to see them, go out to breakfast/lunch/dinner…well, you get the idea. Don’t miss out on memories that will someday, mean the most.

4) Future Generations

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Sadly, this is what the future is looking like for the younger kids of America today. Playing? What’s playing? Talking? What does talking mean? It’s amazing how kids aren’t pushed more to socialize. But, it’s not their fault. They grow up thinking that this is the norm. What kind of example are we setting for the young kids today? I think we need to realize that it is okay to socialize. Not everything needs to be done behind a screen and not every conversation needs to be done through text.

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5) No Technology, No Drama

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We all know the dangers of social media. Someone posts something, or someone texts something and it’s taken out of context, BOOM. An argument starts and relationships, as well as reputations are ruined just like that. Is it worth it? My answer would be no. Want to hold a conversation without worrying about someone’s tone? Pick up the phone and call them then. Cyber bullying has unfortunately taken a rise, and social media and technology is to blame. Words hurt. Seeing something posted online about you hurts. A lot of people may think it’s “over-sensitivity”, but it’s not. It’s downright cruel. So, safe yourself from that negativity. It’s okay to participate in social media, and it’s okay to text, but don’t be so engrossed in it that you eventually become part of the drama.

Don’t get me wrong, technology is not all bad. When used properly, It can be very useful. So, what’s the point of this post? Just lay off technology. Put away the phones. Give your brain a rest from the tablets. Start interacting with people. Trust me, you’ll find your life will be much more healthier and happier.

 

 

 

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