It was a tough challenge, and difficult to do, but we did it.
My husband and I put down the phones, we communicated more, we used our senses to take in a deeper appreciation for nature, and we truly listened, paid attention and fully focused ourselves in play with our children and our friends.
Whether it was accomplishing three 1,000 piece puzzles or spending two and a half hours on the floor building Legos one day, we realized two things:
1) Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and all of the social chatter just didn’t matter as much as we think it does, and
2) Although I use and appreciate social media for social connection and for my business, there is a time and a place for it.
By putting the phone down and only taking a couple peeks at it per day, I realized how “addicted”—and probably more appropriate to say “conditioned”—we are to rely on technology and feel the need to always be connected to what’s going with things that really aren’t that important.
Are you up for the challenge? Even setting aside a certain amount of time each day to go “screen free” is shown to enhance your health and happiness. Read Eli’s full article at Elephant Journal to learn about her experience when she detached from social media for a few days. The learnings just might tempt you to try it too! http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/01/i-realized-how-addicted-i-was-you-will-too-disconnect-to-reconnect/.