Is your cell phone the enemy?
DID YOU KNOW?
As of January 2014:
90 percent of American adults own a cell phone.
58 percent of American adults own a smart phone.
67 percent of cell phone owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts or calls even when they don't notice their phone ringing or vibrating.
I'm guilty of checking my phone every, uh, 20 minutes or so, just because. Several PSA videos about the use and abuse of technology swirled around the Internet last year, including this one and this one. They are well-made and heartfelt, but how accurate are they really? Only as much as you allow them to be.
My solution? Balance. Rules. Appreciation.
Overusing any single thing will decrease your quality of life Whether that's technology, sleep or even exercise, your life needs balance. Prioritize what is important to you and then allocate percentages of your time to those things, while nixing wasteful habits.
Establish rules for when technology (cell phone, computer, TV, etc.) use is appropriate and when it's not. A general rule that really helps me is absolutely no cell phone use on dates with my significant other or after I tuck myself in bed at night. Consider establishing rules that make sense for your life, and then stick to them. Use that time away from a screen to appreciate other things in your life.
Appreciate technology for what it is and what it is, what it offers and what it can't. It's easy to acknowledge how it's negatively affecting our lives, but there are several reasons to be incredibly grateful for technology in 2015. We can be connected to more important people in our lives. Grandma in Tennessee gets see her Floridian grandchildren grow up and not miss out on their everyday achievements. The great thinkers of the world are combining their powers to achieve what we couldn't dream of 100 years ago. Online journals and forums help professors and students stay as up-to-date as possible on the latest information. Our creative juices are flowing like never before with inspirational videos, content and images at our fingertips.
It's 2015, and we're sure to see amazing leaps in technology this year. What do you hope to see? How does technology affect your life? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Facebook page!
References: Mobile Technology Fact Sheet. PewResearch Internet Project. Retrieved January 13, 2015, from http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/mobile-technology-fact-sheet/.