What happens when you decide to let go and not be “connected” for a day?
Oh, come on, just do it. Try to turn off your smartphone and your laptop for a mere 24 hours. People used to be un-connected since forever, why do you feel technology and the Internet are such a big part of who you are? The only way for you to realize how addicted you may have become to constantly living with one foot in the matrix is to simply turn your back to it, for a day. To help you stick to your decision, we have gathered all the goodness that comes with it:
- Your brain will work better
Listen, your brain CANNOT multitask. What feels like multitasking is actually your brain switching rapidly among tasks. It feels good and provides lots of stimulation, something the brain tends to really like. But it makes you the opposite of productive.
- You will have real interactions
Even when you think you are one hundred percent dedicated to the deep conversation you are having with your bestie, it only takes a tiny alarm signal to get you off the track of really listening. Switching off keeps you concentrated on real, face-to-face interactions and builds up the empathy levels in your brain.
- You’ll sleep better
It’s happened to all of us. You have your phone next to you, on the bedside table. You are dosing off, ready to enter the pearly gates of a beautiful night’s sleep. And, suddenly, your device vibrates. Even if you choose to ignore it and steer away from the temptation of checking it out, you are already driven away from the aforementioned pearly gates. Bad.
- You’ll become more resilient
You know how your best ideas come to you while you are running or you are in the shower? When you unplug, you create that same empty space your brain needs in order to really let your thoughts grow and come to the surface.
- It’s depressing you and you don’t even know it
In a Forbes study, 61% of respondents reported feeling jealous, depressed or annoyed after checking their smartphone updates – but most of them interrupted all sorts of engagements to check. Why? Switch off your masochistic side, please.
- Let anxiety go
Another study, conducted this time by Kent State University, showed that higher cell phone usage correlates to higher anxiety levels. With all the stress of modern living, do you really need to add one more?
The website www.artofmanliness.com created this awesome list of apps you can use to check just how much you are addicted to your smartphone. And, as we say, acknowledgment is the first step to change.
So, here it is:
Checky. This app shows you how many times you’ve checked your smartphone a day and allows you to compare stats day to day.
RescueTime. RescueTime is a paid service that allows you track how much time you spend on certain websites and even how long you use certain apps on your computer and smartphone.
BreakFree. BreakFree tracks app usage on your smartphone. It will even send you notifications if it thinks you’re checking your smartphone too much. QualityTime. QualityTime is another Android app that tracks app usage and gives you detailed breakdowns of how much time you’re spending on each. You can set time limits for each app and QualityTime will send you a warning when you’re getting close to your limit. You can even block certain time-wasting apps.
Moment. While Moment doesn’t tell you how much time you’re spending on each app on your iPhone, it gives you an overall look at how much time you spend on your phone each day.