What does living an “Unplugged” life mean?
Simply put, living an unplugged life means living a life disconnected from technology such as Television, Internet, Netflix etc.and from devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and video games. The potential of addiction and loss of human interaction due to digital communication is by far more evident now than before. People have developed addictions to all types of technology – with smartphones being the most common. With the addiction to smartphones comes further addiction to Social Media sites. When access to either is unavailable, it leads to reactive depression and anxiety. We need to let go of our dependence on technology; hence, practicing to live an unplugged life.
The concept of always being reachable has become common in our digital society. Even on vacation, we still check our emails and feel compelled to stay connected with our network. We are concerned about the emails we are missing and who is commenting or reacting to our posts so much that we get anxiety about being disconnected. Limiting our use of smartphones and social media to defined periods daily may help us fulfill our daily lives and responsibilities.
Time spent having fulfilling conversations and strong human interaction will lead to more sustainable relationships. Living our lives without having to capture every single moment to post on Social Media will help us LIVE MORE IN THE MOMENT and truly appreciate life as it happens. Living unplugged can help decrease stress, improve relationships and increase your freedom. There is a big world out there for us to see, so let’s start with actually going out there and not seeing it through a screen.
Here are some tips to living an “Unplugged” life:
Turn off your phone for a few hours: Give yourself a break and teach yourself to disconnect while you pursue other interests. Go wireless and unshackle yourself from technology; leave home and purposely forget your phone from time to time.
Take time away from home: Go on a road trip and go somewhere remote. Be with nature and enjoy life’s natural surroundings where there is no WiFi, TV or anything electronic, besides transportation. Explore and tune into your surroundings.
Exercise: Exercise increases endorphins and leaves you feeling happy and energetic. Try to exercise without music and enjoy the natural atmosphere around you.
Pursue a hobby: Have you ever wanted to learn or do something but never committed to it? Start it and keep at it – it’s easy to lose passion for something you don’t commit to. Schedule time for it and eliminate your distractions – eg. no phones or electronic devices as such should be involved in the activity.
Read a book or article: Reading can hurl us into life experiences we have never dreamed of. Choose genres that will interest and challenge us. Put distractions aside so interruptions are less likely to occur.
Write: Writing is therapeutic and allows you to express yourself. Be creative; wind down and clear your thoughts. Life is a story – there is no better way to celebrate it than to document it.
Spend quality time with people: Try to spend more time with those close to you and engage in human interaction and conversations. Try a new activity to shake things up.
Has being “plugged in” and the platforms we use changed the human experience?
Yes, of course it has! Although it might seem unrealistic to completely unplug yourself from these things, research has proven that there are pros to unplugging from digital connections. Take time to live unplugged- start with an hour a day and amp it up until you have gotten used to it. In conclusion, it is not bad to use these devices or platforms and stay in the loop. Nevertheless, KNOW YOUR LIMIT! Don’t forget to live a full life and enjoy LIVING in the moment.