by Dana Cavalea July 27, 2015

Wake up and get into reality! Most Americans you see walking down the street, in movie theatres, at concerts, watching tv, at restaurants, and virtually everywhere; are actually nowhere! This is not just an opinion piece but a research piece that shows a decline in academic performance, focus, happiness, and and increase on overall anxiety.. When using the cellphone with heavy volume, texting, social mediaizing, and just "searching" we can actually induce fatigue on our brain and body. Cell phone use has been shown to activate the cortex of the brain- which can stay activated even after putting the phone down. 

With that said, many of us that use the social networks, search engines, and texting features would all agree that you can actually "lose yourself" in the above and often times look up and realize you just passed time that you can never get back. Some of us look up and realize we missed our train, weren't paying attention to a friend, family member, or child, or just flat out got "distracted" from reality and absorbed into the digital wonderland known as our "network." 

Over time with excessive use of these networks, we will find ourselves less present, being passed by others, and less aware of our surroundings, people, and relationships. Use of phones before bed has also shown a decrease in REM Sleep, which is essential for optimal healing, recovery, and restoration.

So the next time you get lost in your "own digital world", look around and see what you have missed. Chances are missed that great sunset, or that bird that would of captured your attention years ago, or possibly a friend telling you some news that needed to be shared.

So, wake up America. Life is passing you by since you are so focused on your next "tweet, post, or text" you are missing the moment.

Below are some strategies you can try to reduce usage and get back with the program of life!

  1. No cell usage 2 hours before bed.
  1. Give yourself hours of permission to use your phone for texting and "networking".
  1. Do not use your phone in public places so you can be aware of your environment.
  1. To reduce distractability, do not do 2 things at once; ex. Walking and texting.
  1. Keep your phone in your pocket or face down on your desk and turn off all notifications or alerts.
  1. Realize you get ahead in the world with "real" relationships and interactions- not digital fanfare where people only show the world their "happy" " look at me" moments- and at the end of the day, lets face it, we really don't care what you had for breakfast!

Get with the program. Wake up. Chase greatness. Be great.




Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the former Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a high performance speaker and consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. With the New York Yankees Organization, he spent many of those as the Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance Enhancement, winning a World Series in 2009. Dana is also the founder of The Proformance Agency, a network of like-minded coaches focused on advancing the performance of CEO's, Executives, Celebrities, and high profile performers. Dana is the owner of ML Strength, a group of health, wellness and fitness centers located in the New York Tri-State area.

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