Why Technology Shouldn’t be Your Whole Life

This video will make you realize how real this problem is.

There are several things you are missing out on in life by staring at your phone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty addicted to my phone, but after doing some research and thinking long and hard about it, I want to put my phone down and enjoy life more. Out of 500 American students, 38 percent admitted they could not even go more than 10 minutes without checking their laptop, smartphone, tablet or ereader, according to a study by textbook seller CourseSmart and Wakefield Research. This may seem like a small percentage, but imagine everyone that lied on the survey because they don’t want to admit to having this issue. How long can you go without technology? I could probably only last about 20 minutes without my phone if my brain isn’t occupied by something else and I think that’s a huge problem.

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Here are three reasons why technology shouldn’t be your whole life:

  1. You’re not experiencing life!

When was the last time you noticed the autumn leaves? I just noticed they changed, and I feel like it happened overnight. I honestly want to know when was the last time you looked up from your phone. I’m not trying to be rude; I’m just trying to make you have a moment realization. For me, this really shocked me. It’s been weeks since I actually took notice of the environment around me. Granted, I am a college student and it was just midterm week, but that only explains last week, not weeks. You’re not experiencing the importance of social interactions unless it’s within a tweet.

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  1. Texting is not your whole life!

According to campustechnology.com, 12 percent of students are texting, emailing, checking the time or other activities in class more than 30 times a day. Yes, I know you feel like some of the classes you take will never mean anything to you, but I promise most of the classes toward your degree is preparing you while you work in the field.

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  1. You’re not connecting to people in person!

You are connecting through social media, and yes, it’s great to meet new people that you may have never got the opportunity to meet, but you shouldn’t just talk on social media. Texting, messaging, and Snapchatting are great but face-to-face contact is important for lifelong connections Face-to-face communication and in-person meetings can boost efficiency. Instead of spending an entire day e-mailing back and forth, you can hash out all of the details of a project in one go.. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, “cell owners between the ages of 18 and 24 send an average of 109.5 messages on a normal day—that works out to more than 3,200 texts per month.” This is why people text more and talk less. The world is changing, but face-to-face communication is becoming few and far in between. “Face-to-face communication and in-person meetings can boost efficiency. Instead of spending an entire day e-mailing back and forth, you can hash out all of the details of a project in one go,” according to ashtoncollege.ca.

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So put your phone down! Enjoy life and embrace every moment!

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If you like what you read, you may like this blog, http://elitedaily.com/life/the-importance-of-learning-to-unplug-why-you-shouldnt-let-technology-run-your-life/

 

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