Constant Connectivity

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Do you recollect what it was like to have downtime? Real downtime, when you could watch your child’s little league game without answering an email on your smartphone, or take your dog for a walk without texting. But is downtime a thing of the past? In a world which is so connected it seems like we are seldom without our devices. And the question we ought to ask is; is this healthy?

It’s hard to deny that life is becoming simpler due to connectivity. We don’t need to panic about getting lost as our smartphones can direct us. We can easily stay on top of emails, social media interactions, and even Google information regardless of where we are.

But are we paying for this connectivity more then just fiscally? As we are usually connected, we very rarely, if ever, are alone with our ideas. Many people have wondered if this is negatively impacting the philosophical, pensive, aspect of humanity.

That is a big question, so we won’t go into it here. And there is simpler, yet significant question, which comes from all this. Is being constantly connected a healthy thing? When is it time to take a break and just unplug?

We know that not taking breaks from working can take its toll, but so can constant entertainment. Whether that is checking social media sites, texting, or watching silly videos on YouTube. The human body needs time to rest; it stresses out our eyes and minds to be constantly aware of so several different things, particularly if the majority of those things are on devices. It could be time to take a break if you find that you have anxietywhen you’re away from your device.

If you find, too, that your constant connectivity is hurting your relationships with friends, family members, or your spouse, it’s time to power down the computer and put smartphone on silent. It can be all too easy to plug in and turn off. After all, making real human conversation is a more challenging task than surfing the Web or updating your Facebook page.

If you are one that usually has their device in their hand, consider how your life may being effected by it. Try leaving it at home one day, or turning it off on the weekends. You may find that you’re a lot more laid back because your brain is not focusing on more then just being present.