Why We Need To Take A Break From Technology

Why We Need To Take A Break From Technology

Your snapchat story doesn't always have to have something to show.
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I know we all love our phones dearly and can't imagine a day without them, but we all need to unplug sometimes and take a break from technology. We as a society have a very hard time putting our phones down and enjoying the life that is in front of us, even I'm guilty of it.

We are constantly sitting on social media scrolling mindlessly through pictures and feds we just laid eyes on only minutes ago to see that nothing has changed, we have to keep those Snapchat streaks because hell will freeze over if we lose a stupid fire emoji that literally means nothing besides sending a black screen or ugly selfie first thing in the morning to make sure you still have that streak, we creep on old friends to see what they are up to and compare our lives to those around us based on the things they post which of course is only going to be the amazing concerts, vacations, friends, boyfriends, and the most breathtaking selfies that took over an hour to get right.

Then we wonder why we are unhappy with our own selves. We all have a bit of an unhealthy relationship with our beloved phones. We are missing out on some amazing things in our lives. No, you don't have to take a picture and post it on every social media site to show your on vacation or went to a concert, your Snapchat story doesn't always have to have something to show.

We need to start putting our phones down and interacting with the people around us.

Yes take pictures of the people in your life and the places you visit, but not everything you do needs to be broadcasted to the internet. I know you want to show your friends and family what you are doing with your life, but what if you gave them a call or even visited them and showed them the pictures of your adventures in person? I understand the satisfied feeling of getting likes on pictures, but we can't rely on a stupid like button, think about the priceless facial expression when you tell your grandparent or parents about the vacation you just went on, think about the laughs you'll share, and the conversations you'll have.

We need to start taking the time to enjoy the good company around us, and take in our surroundings. It amazes me how many couples or families go out for dinner and they aren't even talking to one another they are playing games or scrolling through their social media accounts missing out on valuable time together. Technology is a very great thing, but when it starts cutting into your relationships and family time it's a problem. Think about how much you are on your phone, think about what you are doing on your phone, is it really that much more important than having a conversation with your friends and loved ones?

Don't get me wrong I love having a smartphone and having the internet right at my fingertips it's a glorious thing, but the mindless hours spent on my phone when I can be doing more productive things makes me cringe when I think about all the wasted time spent using my phone.It crazy to see how much tome is given into using something that can't even have a real conversation with us, sorry Siri.

I encourage you all to take a break from your phone for a few hours, days, maybe even a week and see how often you want to grab it for comfort. Even trying deleting the apps you use the most often if you aren't comfortable completely giving up your phone. I've done this many times before and it's disturbing to see how often I'd try to click for the social media app that is no longer there, and it made me think why I wanted to check the app. Nine times out of 10 it was just out of boredom and then I'd scroll and click through for minutes to hours at a time wasting precious time on something that doesn't even matter.


This summer I encourage you all to try and break away from using your phones as often as you do, take a break from social media and make some memories only you and your friends know about, take the time to truly listen to your friends and family around you. Invite a friend to lunch and leave your phones in the car then you won't be tempted to use them. Take a vacation or camping trip where you don't get service and enjoy it...bring a few good books and great company and I promise you'll have those memories for a lifetime, even if you don't have the Snapchats to prove it. Take pictures only you know about that you can cherish forever and show your children some day. Give social media and your phone a break and you'll start to see more of the greatness around you.

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Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

Technology -- we all love it and we all use it, but how is it affecting us?
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In this day and age, it is near impossible to do anything without the use of technology. You can pay your bills, manage your bank accounts and even chat with a customer service representative all with the use of your smartphone.

Is the use of technology starting to take away from our person-to-person interaction? Think about how often you grab your smartphone or tablet and text your friends instead of picking up the phone to call them or, better yet, making plans to hang out in person.

Technology is supposed to make us feel more connected by allowing us to stay in touch with our friends by using social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter and of course, texting. But are our smartphones getting in the way of socializing? Does technology make us feel more alone?

There is a term that is commonly used, "FOMO" –– short for "fear of missing out." Yes, this is a real thing. If for some crazy reason you don't check your Twitter or Facebook news feed every 10 minutes are you really missing out?

The fact that we have become so dependent on knowing exactly what is going on in other people's lives is sad. We should be focusing on our own lives and our own interactions and relationships with people.

Technology is making us more alone because instead of interacting with our friends in person, we are dependent on using our phones or tablets. We start to compare ourselves and our lives to others because of how many likes we get on our Instagram photos.

We are forgetting how to use our basic communication skills because we aren't interacting with each other, anymore. We are too busy with our noses in our phones. Young kids are dependent on a tablet to keep them entertained rather than playing with toys. That is not how I want my children to grow up.

As a society, we will start to become very lonely people if we don't start making changes. We are ruining personal relationships because of the addiction to our smartphones and checking our social media sites every five minutes.

It's time for us to own our mistakes and start to change. Next time you reach for your phone, stop yourself. When you are with your friends, ignore your phone and enjoy the company of your loved ones around you.

Technology is a great thing, but it is also going to be the thing that tears us apart as a society if we don't make changes on how dependent we are on it.

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Modern Technology Is Fostering A Lazy Generation

I'm not a scientist or a researcher by any means, but I believe Millennials are becoming lazier and lazier by each and every new technological innovation made.

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In the world of technology, it seems as if there's a new app, product, or device being made or updated every single day. The motive behind all of these new innovations seems to be making life easier and more efficient. Millions of people live with a device, Amazon's Alexa, which allows us to call out to it and order it around, and it will gladly comply (even if you have to repeat your orders a few times

The purpose of products like Alexa is to reduce the time and effort we spend performing simple tasks, such as setting an alarm or playing a song on Spotify. This concept isn't a new one; Siri, which essentially revolves around the same purpose, has been around for years. Alexa, however, has been considered groundbreaking because it sits around your house or dorm room, blending in with the rest of your furniture, just waiting to be ordered around.

I guess it's safe to say that the inventors behind all of these developments have had good intentions; they have made life easier and more efficient after all. Something that used to take days to do, such as delivering a letter, can now be done simply in a matter of seconds; not only can information spread faster, but anyone can create an email account and use it to write to anyone across the world from the comfort of their home from practically any device. Technology really does seem like a lifesaver sometimes.


But what's the cost of this efficiency? It's without a doubt that a vast amount of effort and hours have been saved because of how simple the modern world has become. Yet, our dependence on recent innovations has made us less self-reliant, while being more reliant on inhuman machines and codes created by scientists and engineers.

Whenever I need to find an answer to something, my very first instinct is to pull out Safari on my iPhone and search for it on the internet. I've become so accustomed to searching for things on the web that I can type the word "Google" with my eyes closed in a matter of seconds (or maybe even milliseconds). Sometimes I will even ask questions to the people around me for them only to reply with, "I don't know, maybe Google it?"

My generation doesn't know what it's like to skim through a book or to seek out information from an expert because we're practically attached to devices that hold all the information we want to know in the click of a button. The only hard-copy dictionary in my house belongs to my parents; I have no need for such a dictionary because I have Google bookmarked on my computer and cell phone. I didn't even bring a dictionary to my dorm room for school this past year.

My fellow millennials and I lack the skills it takes to ponder deep within our minds to try and find the answer to any questions we encounter. We don't know what it's like to be responsible for our own knowledge and learning; why spend even a second trying to independently find the answer to something when you just can ask Siri? If the products are so expensive, we might as well use them.


We're also losing the ability to remember and remind ourselves of important things. Our parents are probably better at keeping appointments and remembering ingredients they need to buy than we are. When we can set reminders on our phone by simply saying aloud, "Alexa, set an appointment for Friday at 9 AM with Doctor Smith", there's no need to exert the mental energy and spare the brain cells it takes to remember such things; your phone will let you know that you have an appointment as the time approaches.

The most ironic thing about our devices reducing the time and effort it takes to complete simple tasks, in my opinion, is how we spend the time and energy we are saving. Sometimes when I'm done with my homework or watching a movie, I zone out by scrolling through my Instagram and Facebook feed for nearly twenty minutes. So, essentially, the time and energy I save using my devices are being used by the same devices, only in a different, more passive form.

Therefore, not only are we becoming less self-reliant and proactive, but recent technology is also making our generation more passive and apathetic. Does anyone know if Apple has created a device that can remove the invisible glue that's sticking our hands to our phones yet?

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