I unplug to connect with the Here & Now…
I signed the pledge… come and join me and the 7 billion plus people in the world.
I pledge to unplug during the National Day of Unplugging on March 3-4, 2017. I understand that the important first step is to unplug for as long as I can, even if it is not the full day. (Source: http://nationaldayofunplugging.com/)
It may not seem apparent but our brain like any muscle in our body require regular breaks from stimulation for it to develop and grow. Scientists at UC San Francisco found that when rats have a new experience, like exploring au unfamiliar area, their brains show new patterns of activity. But they’re only able to process these patterns when they give their brains a break. One University of Michigan study found that participants who walked in the woods compared to an urban setting after learning something new were more likely to retain it. This suggests that consistent brain stimulation will leave a person fatigued and unable to process new information. In order to optimize brain function, it is essential to unplug not only from technology but to try to reconnect with nature from time to time.
Researchers from the University of Maryland, also discovered that when students unplugged from technology, their quality of life eventually improved. Spending less time on your smartphone or computer gives you more time for yourself and your significant others. You’ll be able to spend more quality time with loved ones (face to face), avoid procrastination and adapt to a healthier lifestyle by injecting exercise into your daily routine and preparing healthy food.
The National Day of Unplugging is on March 3-4, 2017. Join us in taking the pledge to unplug from technology regularly. Take the pledge at NationalDayofUnplugging.com. We want to know what you will do when you UNPLUG. Download the I UNPLUG TO _____ poster, take a photo with it and upload your image to NationalDayofUnplugging.com. Share your picture on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. (Source: SabbathManifesto.org )
- Improve quality of life
- To recover from stress
- Better quality of Sleep
- Recharge your Brain
- Improve interpersonal relationships
Research suggests social media is the millenial generation’s drug of choice. While not technically considered an addiction, excessive attachment to the Internet is becoming more commonplace and problematic. A 2010 University of Maryland study found many young people describe their dependence on the Internet as an addiction, even if they’re not officially diagnosable. In the study, 200 students were required to go on a 24-hour media fast and then write about their experience. Overall the students complained that they felt bored, disconnected, uncomfortable, and anxious without their phones and computers.
Obsessive social networking isn’t doing us any favors either. Constantly checking social media sites, work emails, and texts from far-flung friends sounds like it’s fostering connectivity, but the opposite is often true. Studies show spending tons of time online can actively harm relationships, interpersonal communication skills, and mental health. A recent study also shows that (perhaps unsurprisingly) following ex-lovers on social media can make it difficult for partners to move on after a breakup. (Source: Why Everyone Should Unplug More Often)
If you’re feeling challenged about “unplugging” but are interested to make it a regular thing, check out this article: “31 Awesome Resources to Help You Unplug, Relax, and Stress Less” and here’s a great article you could use for your children “7 WAYS TO GET KIDS TO UNPLUG FROM DEVICES AND PLUG INTO NATURE ON EARTH DAY AND BEYOND“.
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