#MindBodyGreen excerpt: Our societal values have greatly changed in the past century with the rapid advances of technology. There are plenty of positives that come with readily accessible data and constant communication, however we’re retraining our minds to require instant gratification and social media celebrity status, neither of which are truly important in our long-term growth. They create a false sense of importance and magnify issues that really don’t matter.
My wife, JoAnna, is a counselor and has been doing a lot of research on the affects of technology. This is especially true with the newer generations that have never known anything other than a life of Internet and smart phones. There are plenty of positives, but like anything technology needs to be used in moderations. Too much of anything can be bad. I’m guessing if you’re reading this you’re guilty to some extent. We all are! The question is whether you’re willing to admit guilt and make a change. #ChallengeAccepted
So how does one change when almost all aspects of our lives are being altered to use technology? It comes down to retraining your brain and developing healthy habits. Create rules and actually follow them. My wife and I both have jobs where we are expected to be ‘on’ at all times, but we are expected to be ‘on’ because we’ve enabled those expectations. It’s quite acceptable to prioritize family time and enforce boundaries to protect that time.
Stop using your phone / computer at 5pm each evening unless there are emergencies (and don’t create false emergencies to check Facebook).
Put down the phone when your spouse or kids are talking and really focus on the conversation.
Don’t text and drive!
Limit kid’s video games and TV to 1 hour a day (average is 4.5 hours / day).
In retraining your brain you’ll find that you have more meaningful relationships and time to experience life in a more vivid way. Use the extra time to get outdoors and explore the world. You have one chance at this life and you surely won’t remember today’s Twitter status, but you’ll always cherish the memories spent with loved ones!
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing” Helen Keller