We live in a connected culture. There are many rewards and benefits of living in such a culture but there are also some downsides.
Being constantly tethered to our smartphones and tablets has transformed our lives from “gotta have it now” to “gotta tell you now”. We’re all celebrities on the Internet.
The phenomenon of constant connection started in 1980 when CNN (the 1st 24-hour news channel) launched and suddenly we could turn on the television any time of the day and find out what’s going on in the world.
This connected culture is being thrust upon us and it’s difficult to avoid being part of it in some fashion. If you’ve fallen head first into the rabbit hole of texting, social media, and constant consumption of information here are 6 ways to unplug from a connected culture.
1. Start your day in analog.
2. Take a technology time-out.
3. Reduce the number of social media apps on your smartphone or tablet.
4. Have tech-free zones in your house.
5. Live in the moment.
6. Plan a social media Sabbath or fast.
I’ve implemented all of these techniques in my own life. I’m not always 100% successful but it does help me to put things in perspective. What do you do to unplug?
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