“How many times would you estimate that you check your iPhone every day? Thirty, 40 or 50 times? Take whatever number you came up with and double it, and then you might be getting close.” – Huffington Post
I think for the most part, technology and smartphones are improving certain aspects of our lives, especially our career paths. It’s much easier to get our work seen and out there, you don’t physically need to go anywhere to apply for jobs, create an online portfolio or to self promote, however how much is too much?
As smartphone users, we are now spending more time on our devices than with our partners. Not to mention the time we spend with family and friends, disengaged in them whilst indulging in our mobile phones. It’s all good when we’re being proactive with our usage, but I refuse to believe that giving more attention to an electronic device than experiencing quality time with loved ones is worth it.
“Research has shown technology use can impair attention, productivity and memory, dampen creative thinking, increase stress levels, reduce sleep quality and lead to “cognitive errors” like forgetting meetings and walking into people.”
It’s great to use social media to our advantage, but it’s important for all of us to remember – everything in moderation. The generations before us lived without smartphones and still managed to achieve fulfilment in their lives with healthy relationships. You are not missing out by letting yourself breathe without technology for a day, you owe it to yourself to take a break and make the most of the technology we are lucky to have in a healthy, regimented way.