As the new year approaches, I am sure that many of us are starting to make a list of the resolutions to help reinvent ourselves. Gym memberships, diet plans, and finances are a few of the most common goals which quickly come to mind, but what if there was something even more important which is easier than sweating day after day? Unplug from your smartphone.
Now before you run off shouting Mr. Manners is talking blasphemy, take a moment to humor me.
If you have ever accidentally “shared” a post that is offensive to a loved one, or vented about a boss and then held accountable at work the next day, you likely know that a few changes to our habits could help prevent these situations.
Many of us likely agree that technology adds a lot of ease, convenience, and happiness
There is a lot of research on
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Being woken up by funny tweets and random GIFs from your friends are likely doing nothing for your sleep pattern, much less your mood upon waking up in the morning. And if you’re waking up in the middle of the night to check work emails, that doesn’t suggest anything good because you aren’t giving your brain and body proper time to recharge.
Taking this one step further, additional research suggests that the blue light which is generated from our computers and phones also makes it difficult for our bodies to fall asleep, implying that we should disconnect before bed, rather than falling asleep while staring at our screens.
We now know that unplugging can increase our quality of life
While technology makes
In today’s technology-driven world, it’s easy to feel like we are constantly plugged in. Whether we’re checking our phones, refreshing our emails, or downloading a movie on our laptops, the reality often is that we’re surrounded by screens. But there are scientifically proven benefits from stepping away from technology — and sometimes, it’s useful to remind ourselves of those benefits. After all, when you’