Sophia Breene wrote a great article on Why Everyone Should Unplug This Weekend (And The One After That). She points out the importance of taking technology breaks and how staying plugged in 24/7 can be problematic. It’s “bad for our brains, bad for our relationships, and bad for our productivity.” A few of her points are:
- Social media encourages brief, unfocused, multitasking-friendly “check ins” rather than long periods of absorption
- Multitasking is a form of procrastination that distracts us from what’s important and inhibits the formation of short-term memories
- Studies show spending tons of time online can actively harm relationships, interpersonal communication skills, and mental health
- Constantly checking email, in particular, prevents people from distancing themselves from the work environment — which can make it impossible to keep stress in check
Breene, Sophia. “Why Everyone Should Unplug This Weekend (And The One After That).” Greatist, 9 August 2013. Web. 26 November 2013.
Take a few minutes and read the article. We have a long holiday weekend coming up; and yes, you probably want to connect with friends and family. Why not do it with a phone call instead of a tweet, Facebook status or text message? If you are lucky enough to be spending your holiday with friends and family – then spend it with them and not on your devices. Stop browsing and start participating!