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