Disconnecting From Technology. How Do You Unplug Yourself?

5 Healthy And Fresh Ways To Disconnect From Technology

Life without the internet sounds pretty dull, right? Well, it might seem that way but we all need a break from technology. Nowadays, it’s easy to get hooked to using your computer or laptop the entire day. That’s because technology has given you the power to perform different functions by a simple touch of a button. From social media platforms to online banking.

However, as much as technology has made everything easy, it has also caused a huge rift in our real-life social relationships. That is why you need to find the time and get away from the internet. We mindlessly touch our smartphones more than a thousand times a day. That shows how much we are addicted to using smartphones and other technological devices.

So, how did we end up being so obsessed with the internet and smartphones? Technology is now able to provide most of the social interactions we deserve. You can easily check up a friend’s Facebook profile and know what they’ve been up to for the past few months. But as much as you will be able to get the same information that you would’ve gotten from a simple talk with your friend, it still doesn’t feel the same.

Why Is So Hard To Disconnect From Technology?

Addiction is not just about drugs and alcohol. On the contrary, you can be a workaholic or simply addicted to technology. As much as we try and hide that fact, the truth of the matter is that technology addiction is real.

We’ve grown so much dependent on technology. Whether you spend time working in front of your computer, surfing the internet, or just watching TV. One way or the other, there’s always a reason for using technology. If you’ve ever realized that you are getting addicted, I’m sure you tried turning it off.

You must have attempted to stay away from your phone or deactivate your social media accounts. However, there’s a high probability that this break was only short-lived. Before long, you were itching to check up on your friend on social media. Living without social media is not as easy as most people tend to believe.

It takes practice and motivation. When you try to get away from social media, there’s a high chance you might suffer from certain withdrawal symptoms. That’s because most of us feel like being behind a smartphone is a form of comfort. More to that, a lot of our social lives rotate around social media platforms. Therefore, without social media, we feel secluded and alone.

Importance Of Disconnecting From Technology

Before you decide to disconnect from technology, you need to understand the importance of it. There are different reasons why unplugging from the internet is a good thing. They include;

1. It helps remove unhealthy feelings such as envy, jealousy, and loneliness

Through research, scientists discovered that most people end up feeling more dissatisfied about their lives after surfing through social media platforms. That doesn’t mean every interaction on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram is negative.

But the fact that people get more likes than you, others go on vacations while you are stuck in your crappy job or simply they get more friends and followers than you get will, in the end, present an opportunity for envy. Being able to disconnect from social media for a while will help you reset and refocus your gratitude and appreciation for the life that you lead.

2. Reduces the fear of missing out

Unplugging yourself will reduce the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). On social media platforms, there’s a lot that happens in a day. We get to see different people travel the world while others enjoying delicacies that we might be planning to eat in the future. With this, our fear of being left out keeps growing. That is why getting away from the internet is a good thing.

How To Unplug Yourself From Technology

1. Have a good alternative

Humans are bound to get bored. And when you feel bored, you will look for the closest way to get out of it which in this case is the internet. Find other alternatives that can get you out of watching Netflix the entire day or scrolling through social media platforms.

A good example is reading novels or enrolling in Pilates as a form of relaxation. You can also choose to hit the gym once in a while. It will help you stay fit.

2. Remove all your triggers

There are certain triggers that quickly drive you to scroll through the internet. If you always check your phone when you are bored then grow a habit of leaving it at home or at the back seat of your car. It might sound weird or to some level silly. However, it will help you reduce the triggers that drive you to go through social media. You will gradually get used to having your phone without having to check through it.

Another good alternative is having a phone with no internet access. That way you will be able to talk to important clients without feeling the need to check your Facebook profile or Instagram feed.

3. Have a designated check out time

In case you are having a hard time disconnecting from the internet, then take time to plan a few hours that you will be off your phone. Take a minute, step out of your desk and talk to your co-workers instead of writing an email. You can also set alarms that will help remind you when it’s time to get away from technology.

4. Have a Dinner free from phones and other devices

Instead of looking at your phone or TV, talk about how your day has been while enjoying a good meal. I don’t get how people can actually sit in a restaurant and look at their phones the entire time. The beauty of eating out with your spouse or friend is that you get to engage in small talk. Don’t deny yourself of that pleasure.

5. Shut off all internet devices when going to bed

When you disconnect from the internet, you will be able to give your brain the chance to unwind from the tiresome daily routine. That way you will get the chance to sleep like a baby. But staying on your smartphone all night until you fall asleep by accident is not healthy for anyone. Your brain will unconsciously disconnect you from the internet so you can get some sleep. In the end, this will have some side effects that will affect your daytime.

Disconnecting From Technology: Summary

Having a slight vacation from the internet world is completely healthy. If you are a parent, then you should start training your kids while they are still young. As much as we owe a lot to the technological advancements we have today, it also has a way of affecting our social life. Disconnecting from the internet world will help both you and your entire family.

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25 thoughts on “Disconnecting From Technology. How Do You Unplug Yourself?”

  1. It’s good to air it… so many of us are addicted. I’m the one having a great time (I’ve been solo travelling 2 years) and post because friends are disappointed when I disconnect. And despite being a pre-internet babe, having lived in the wilds half my life and apparently having no other addictions than muesli… I am right in there with the rest when it comes to FB, Insta and blogging. Want to check out my blog? Hahahaha. Actually I have 2. I need to stop procrastinating, get back to writing the book that is slipping through my fingers as I procrastinate online. Or go for a walk 🙂

    • Hi Jeni, you have a great and creative blog and articles, thank you! I very much agree with you, sometimes our close friends are upset if we don’t post/update our status or add a few new thoughts or photos. Have a wonderful day and I wish you the best luck with your book! ?

  2. I feel your post, though useful to some, is aiming at a limited section of human society. To look at things differently, Dr C and I are retired, both in our 70s. We use the internet and many apps daily as “part of our retirement”. Here’s a week you may think untypical, but isn’t.
    We set off for Folkestone mid morning, hotel was booked for an overnight stay before travelling to France via The Tunnel next day. As I drove, Dr C browsed the net looking for a suitable place for dinner later that evening. Having agreed on one, she booked a table ahead online. Later that evening, we took a few photos of our hotel bathed in a fantastic sunset and sent them to family in Kathmandu via WhatsApp. Next morning we drove through France towards Chinon checking online to see if the Chateau closed for lunch so we wouldn’t waste time before checking in to our hotel. The rest of the week we surfed and researched Rabelais and his birthplace museum, the Domaine du Closel vineyard in Savennieres, the Chateau at Saumur, other vineyards we’d heard about, booked restaurants in advance. On Sunday we watched the Cricket World Cup Final via the internet, and most evenings had our daily dose on Netflix. Blog posts were published about our travels and families in England and Kathmandu communicated with. We received a quotation from our local plumber and emailed him back to go ahead. We decided to go home the next day and booked a ferry from Caen to Portsmouth at a time of our choosing via the internet. You’re probably all bored by now, so I’ll shut up, but …….. who wants to take a rest from the internet? Not us, it’s an essential part of our retirement lives!

    • Hi Dr B, wonderful point and I’m very happy that you and Dr C had an amazing time in France! Technology is an essential part of our life, and I’m sure it’s not going to change any time soon… Personally, I spend too much on the computer and phone, doing work-related tasks 24/7, and very often I have to make a choice saying “No” to the wonderful world of technology and open up my mind and my heart with “Yes” and spend time with my amazing family 🙂 Thank you for your feedback, and your point of view, I really appreciate it!

      • I think we agree that it’s all about balance, especially regarding work related use of technology. Technology has drastically increased working hours, if we started using it at say 9am and stopped at 5am all would be well. A personal true story, when my children were around 9 years old an old friend berated me for not giving them enough time. The upshot was that when I planned my working week diary on a Sunday evening I involved both of them and actually made appointments with them across the week for all sorts of things. It worked and they thought it was great fun.

        • Hi Dr. B, yes we are! It’s all about balance, and I’m 100% with you! Wonderful and inspirational story Dr. B, you made me smile, I absolutely admire and love your creativity! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. This is great! I find that when i’m constantly on my phone especially at work I start to become dissatisfied with my life and it evokes feelings of jealousy. I definitely need to do phone free dinners that’s become a bad habit of mine 🙂

    • Hi Ash, thank you for your feedback. Glad you like this article! I think it’s the same for all of us, especially when we see a pretty picture on social media, which can be veeery far from reality. Good luck!

  4. Removed myself from Facebook – Instagram – Twitter and Whatsapp by deleting all the apps from my phone/tablet – with no shortcuts to my accounts, I’ve not used them and I am finding myself far more productive. They’re still there, I’ve just not logged on in ages and I’m no longer missing any of them, though to begin with I had horrible FOMO …

    • That’s amazing and very interesting, you are really brave person! I totally agree, very often these apps just consume our vital time, which we can reinvest in: our families, health, and healthy eating, gym and even blog posts 🙂 thank you for sharing your experience! I appreciate it! ?

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