Unplug Once In Awhile

By Tracey Hall ~

My phone pinged and naturally, I stopped what I was doing and went over to look at the notification. It was my phone telling me how much screen time I used over the past week! Now my phone is saying “Hey, get a life, will ya?”

WOW- wake up call in many ways. I do spend a lot of time online both professionally and personally. The internet has sucked us all in to new reality where screen time takes priority over real-time. As I write this on my computer, I am struck that I almost never write with a pen anymore. It takes too long!

Life really has changed drastically with technology. I’m not sure it’s all in a good way either. The vibe in our country now is so angry, no matter what you believe. There is no more compromise or meeting in the middle. I believe that is where Peace lives- somewhere in the middle. The images and memes and constant tweeting have brought us to this weird angry mob like mentality and I wonder what would happen if we all just unplug once in a while?

Take that walk, go to mall, get on your bike, whatever, just leave the phone home. Realise what matters most is right there in front of you. Talk and play with the kids. Studies are showing that excessive screen time is slowing down normal brain growth.

Understand that not all you read is truth and sometimes things are better left unsaid, or in these times “Shared”. I’ll sum this up now because I want to return to my day and enjoy the local summer here at the shore. So many festivals, craft shows, harvesting events, not sure where to begin! I hope you have a Super Sunday!

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