Our world today has been saturated with media and mobile devices. It is not a wonder that the biggest percentage of the population around the globe spends many hours a day glued to the media and mobile gadgets. Although this technology has its own share of benefits such as offering educational information and entertainment, too much attachment to the screens is not good to our overall well-being.
I am a game designer, tester and player and it becomes hard at times to remember to turn off the gadgets and screens and get out and live a little. Although I do my best to have a screen-free break for a couple of days in order to ‘detox’ myself from the electronic media, I do fall short at times and so I thought that writing about it might help remind me.
During my screen-free days, I have noted that there is a positive improvement on my mental, emotional and physical health. Here are some of my best reasons why it is important for all of us to unplug, turn off the technology and let our bodies and minds truly relax.
Dropping the addiction
Media is very addictive and if you do not cushion yourself against the addiction by engaging in media fasts, it will negatively affect your effectiveness in other areas of your life. Whether you are a student, a parent, an employee or whatever, if you divert the time that you are supposed to engage in your work to media, your performance will be negatively affected.
People who have participated in media fasts have reported an improvement in their respective works and a significant break of the media addiction.
We all know how adequate sleep is important to our health, performance and effectiveness. Too much attachment to the electronic devices is not good since it affects your sleeping time and sleeping habits. When you expose yourself to the screens blue light moments to your sleeping time, your brain’s production of the melatonin hormone is affected and this may prolong the period you take before falling asleep.
This means that you may not enjoy enough rest, which ends up affecting your performance during the day. If you are used to sleeping with your phone or other mobile devices close to you, the sound of an incoming text or call may disrupt your sleep and you may end up losing your sleep for a long time during the night.
Helps you Set your Priorities Right
Taking a couple of days off the screens and electronic devices give you a time to re-evaluate your priorities. In case you had given more priority to the media at the expense of better things, this break enables you to reset the priorities and this fast gives you a great starting point.
A deeper connection and attachment to your family and friends are very important to our overall welfare. Spending too much time on media can rob us of the important time we should be using to connect to them and a media break gives us a time to reconnect and focus on others.
Time to consider other interests
The screen-free days give you a chance to explore other interests that are more worthwhile such as reading or acquiring a new skill. These newfound hobbies and skills will enable you to lead a more holistic lifestyle.