What helps you completely unwind after a tiring day at work? For most of us, it’s downtime with friends or family, and good food and drinks. Increasingly, though, it also an escape from the technology of our daily lives. Take a break and decide to unplug. It will help you become more observant and conscious of your surroundings
According to the Nielsen Company, the average teen sends and receives 3,705 text messages per month, which translates to about one every 6 minutes. We simply don’t seem to be able to focus for more than a few minutes without facing an interruption and technology seems to be the main culprit beyond this.
We are also seeing the same happening in the home. With continuous technology distractions, it is difficult to have a family meal or communicate without interruptions and distractions. With the television on and everyone distracted by technology, family communication is, at best, interrupted every few minutes.
As our relationship with mobile devices has grown, the research evidence has mounted. Excessive media use is not good for us physically, mentally, or emotionally. The good news is that taking a media break is a powerful way to improve our well-being.
There is no reason why the same “tech breaks” cannot be implemented in other environments such as the workplace and at home.
The advantages of tech break are pretty big which can help us in many ways
When this happens at night, we lose sleep. It’s also increasingly common for people to sleep with their phones nearby, which means that calls and texts can awaken them and you have a perfect recipe for sleep disruption
Productivity and learning
Any work that requires a focused mind will benefit from a media break. The more distant the phone, the better the performance: When phones were placed in another room, learning improved notably, more than when they were tucked away in nearby backpacks.
Breaking the habit
We use our devices for a variety of reasons some very straightforward and practical and some psychologically complex turning to social media to avoid feelings of loneliness and disconnection. The routine of checking our emails, and social media accounts can become a self-reinforcing pattern.
The vast majority of American adults carry cell phones on their person throughout the day. It is no surprise that incoming texts, emails, and notifications are a near-constant presence for many people.