Yesterday I shut off my phone for two hours. I stepped away from the computer and away from all technology. I had no outside social media connection. I went for a walk to the nearby beach and walked back. No technology at all. No Instagram filter of the sunset and no vlog of me walking down to the beach and back.
(my foot felt pretty good as well…no pain but noticeable ache)
I was completely disconnected from social media and from everything that exists online (which is everything right?). It really made me think about how dependent we (as a society) have become on technology. Yesterday during my walk I found myself thinking, it’s funny how touch screens have caused us to become out of touch with the real world.
Isn’t that true, with life, with running, with everything?
With the invention of social media, we never lose touch with the internet. How many times have you been somewhere only to realize your phone is going to die soon? Or you haven’t been able to check your email, post a Facebook status, check a blog or Instagram? I know I have been several times. I know I have gotten upset that my phone is going to die. The horror of being disconnected!
Life used to move forward before social media. We used to do something for ourselves, not for the amount of likes, follows, or blog comments we would receive. We used to go for runs not to record them online but because we enjoyed running.
A couple of years ago I decided to turn off my cell phone and internet around 9pm. It’s been something I’ve pretty much kept with since. There are always exceptions but for the most part I like to unplug around 9. It’s rare for you to see a text, tweet, etc. from me after that time. I find this time to be personal “me time”. I don’t worry what life changing facebook update is coming, or what tweet is being sent. It’s a great part of my day. I haven’t missed anything and I get time away from the screen.
I’m not challenging anyone to find an hour of their day to take a walk technology free. I’m not challenging anyone to take an hour of their day and keep internet free but I will say it’s one of the best things I do for myself. Our society is only going to keep advancing technology and it’s important for us as individuals to find our balance.
In an effort to better myself, I’ve started to clean up my social media usage. Instead of spending hours online, I’m spending hours pursuing other hobbies too. I’m not looking for the next new blog, the next new person to follow on Instagram, the next new article…the next anything. I’m spending enjoying my outside life.
Questions for you:
When are you known to be “off the grid”?