Are You Hiding Behind Technology? How to Get in Tune with Your Life
How do you know if you are spending too much time with your gadgets?
Here are some signs:
- You can't get through a meal without checking your email or texting.
- You talk on your cell phone or text while driving.
- You use your gadgets when you are alone or because you are bored.
- You communicate with somebody using technology when they are under the same roof.
- The thought of being without your cell phone or email for a day makes you nervous.
- Having lots of Facebook friends makes you feel better about yourself.
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People have become afraid of silence because when there is silence, it is the body and soul's natural instinct to reflect back on your life. The perfect antidote to not wanting to be in touch with your life is to distract yourself with your gadgets. It's easy to become lost in the gossip and mindless chatter that can easily become the norm, thereby numbing yourself and making you feel out of touch with your life.
If you are ready to tune back in to your life and engage with your friends and family in a meaningful way, try putting away your gadgets for a day. At first, you may feel panicked, and that's okay—just be with it. Since socializing with technology has become a habit, your mind will wander to your cell phone, computer or email throughout the day. Remember to catch yourself and have other activities to do so you don't pick up your gadgets. Think about just being with your silence. Maybe start a journal. If you need something to do, try to get out into nature, put on some music and dance, go for a walk or read. At the end of the day, notice of how you feel. You may feel less exhausted because you haven't been trying to keep up with everybody. You may feel more peaceful because you have spent time doing things you really love. Choosing to spend less time being in distraction and more time being engaged will allow your life to become full with possibility and potential.
Madisyn Taylor is the co-founder of the online website DailyOM.com and spends too much time on the Internet. She's also a best-selling author; her books include DailyOM Inspirational Thoughts for a Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling Day (Hay House 2008) and DailyOM Learning To Live (Hay House 2010).
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