Are You Device Dependent? Here are six sure signs that you need to do digital detox:
- You use your mobile device in the restroom.
- You use the word ‘hashtag’ in common conversations.
- You run into things or people because you’re texting and walking.
- You interact with your Facebook friends more than with ‘real-world’ friends.
- You swipe random items with your finger like you do an iPad.
- You watch TV while checking Facebook and Tweeting on your iPhone.
If you’re like me, you go on vacation with the idea that ‘you are going to get some work done as well’ by keeping up with email. You find conversations interrupted by a familiar glance toward that little screen. You watch as people in meetings, at church or at family gatherings check messages, play Angry Birds or read Facebook posts instead of paying attention to the speaker or interacting as they should. You feel strangely anxious and distracted because you can’t check the latest headlines or game score.
Being device dependent is becoming an ingrained epidemic. Need proof? Here are just a few recent stories that talk about the anxiety of separating from technology or policies that have been implemented to force some separation between man and technology:
- Volkswagen turns off Blackberry email after work hours
- Off the Internet for 24 Hours (“It’s something you’d call information anxiety”)
- Social networks become an addiction
- Social Experiment At UCCS Aims To Get Students Focused
- Internet Addiction Linked to Drug Abuse
- E-mail after work hours? That’s overtime, says Brazilian law
The problem has become so pervasive that there’s even a National Day of Unplugging. The site for the date states that it’s a day designed to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world and bring some balance to our increasingly fast-paced way of life and reclaim time to connect with family, friends, the community and ourselves.
Plus, there’s even a Digital Detox app for Android phones, which irrevocably disables your Android phone for a period of time you specify as well as resorts like The Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur that market unplugged vacations.
So, can you unplug? Or is it easier said than done?