Amidst the chaos around us, have you ever thought about the impact of technology that has set up on all of us? Sadly, we don’t even have time to think about this. Occupied with our busiest daily routines of work and social life, the idea of self-time has bottled out from our minds. And while enjoying all the charm and advantages technology has provided, our eyes lack to see the negative effects it is imprinting on our healthy lifestyle.
Impact of technology on human life
There is no debate on the advantages and facilities that the modern world is serving us, and we should be thankful for the advancements of the 21st century that has open doors for us to enjoy the thrill of technology to its fullest. Apart from the entertainment, news, information, and games, the technology has assigned a vast number of global facilities just on our fingertips, whether it be education, employment, business, banking, shopping, food, and the list goes on. In these ways, technology is on the verge of having a complete hold of our lives, and whether we like it or not, we are getting dependent upon it with each passing day.
Despite all the ease, joy, and comfort, technology has also developed negative effects on our minds by disturbing our health and lifestyle. It has become a source of depression, stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, and loneliness in today’s era. The importance of maintaining social connections has made us forget the true essence of moral relationships, and we have lost ourselves in the way of conquering technology.
But there is one thing that everyone should keep themselves reminded with, that a human brain is a master of everything. It is the human who invented the technology, and it must be kept under human hold for better purposes. Because it is quite apparent that if we let technology get a grip on us, we will be at our wits’ end.
Dealing with technology in the right manner is quite sensitive in today’s environment. But it is very much essential to give valuable time to yourself and morally connect with people around while enjoying the perks of technology in the best manner. Because it is significant for a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mind to focus on the real world more than the digital world.
Importance of unplugging technology
Having a part of a day without any use of electronic devices will benefit not only us but the future generation as well. For example, the time you give your children while performing different activities with them, such as playing, gardening, solving puzzles, cooking, and reading will be much more valuable and worthy than the thousand dollars I pad that you have gifted your child on his birthday.
Here are the few more reasons that will help us to get less effected with technology.
Self-care and comfort
It won’t be wrong if I say reducing screen time is equivalent to self-care and comfort. The deep dark world of social media has fallen upon us like a threaten lightning in the night. We get stressed over fun activities and tours others are doing by keeping their social accounts up to date while we sit on our couches and get bored of ourselves. Unplugging from the phone, especially from social media, will help you to care about your well-being rather than being stressed on someone else’s.
Scrolling through phones and I pads while lying on the bed all day long or spending 8 hours of a day in front of screens while working in an office will eventually lead to several health problems along with weak eye sights as well. It is significant for a human body to release strains on muscles that have been produced while working in the same position for hours. A little time you take out for jogging, walking, cycling, and exercising will be the time worth the day spend in front of the screen.
Unplugging the phone will help you to focus on the blessings you possess rather than comparing your life to others on social media. There is always a dark side of the story, which people do not highlight on social media. And quite often, we stress ourselves out by thinking of the perfections people possess and get envious of their success stories.
So it is better to work on ourselves rather than comparing our life to others.
Better mental health
Technology has triggered a sense of competition above the adrenaline level. And this is the reason why the majority of this generation is suffering from depression and anxiety. The lack of self-love and appreciation has lost in the thirst of getting superior to each other. Therefore it is necessary to minimize screen time up to the right level and focus on meditation, which will help in better mental health.
Time to discover your hidden talent
Giving less time to social media, video games, or movies will provide you with ample time to work on yourself and be creative. You can discover your hidden talents, or you can learn new skills to help you become a better person. And the time taken out for yourself is always worth anything.
Unplugging technology will help in reducing procrastination. You can focus on your studies or your work with a full presence of mind at the right place at the right time. Lengthy and time-consuming tasks can be completed early by keeping phones aside as compared to the hours it takes working on while using phones.
Better sleeping hours
It has been our routine to scroll through phones while we get to bed for sleep. And as a result, we lose the fraction of time that is needed for better sleep. We are not even aware of the disturbance that we create for the biological clock of our bodies. Thus phones, I pads, laptops should be kept far enough to enjoy a peaceful sleep.
Strengthen moral connections
Spending time with loved ones by limiting the screen times will help strengthen the proper connections with family and friends. People will care about the real feelings and problems of their closed ones rather than caring for the fake life that they portray on social media. A healthy relationship between parents, children, spouses, siblings, and friends will create a better environment to live in.
A healthy lifestyle and technology can never run equivalent in the race of life. Priority should be given to a healthy lifestyle while disconnecting from technology to have numerous benefits on various aspects of life. To minimize the negative impacts of technology, we can always focus on the realistic goals and ambitions that we desire to fulfill. To create a valuable change in our health and lifestyle, minute changes in the habits of using technology should be made possible. It will be something your future self will be thanking you for.
By Rabia Salman
Supporter of people and growth. I absolutely LOVE helping others see in themselves what I see in them. We all have good in us, we just need a bit of help seeing it at times.