Have you ever tried to go offline or unplugged? How long did it last, a day, two days, a month? In today’s society, it seems almost impossible to go offline for an entire day. There are always emails that need to be read or written, a phone call that we must take, or a meal that we absolutely have to post on social media.
In this New York Time article, Tony Schwartz shares his own personal experience with trying to unplug from the Internet. He makes the argument that as a society, we have become addicted to distractions through the Internet. This need for our brains to be constantly stimulated and this instant gratification creates something called a “compulsion loop.” But all this new information can start to overload our brains and our ability to transfer learning to long-term memory starts to deteriorate. Therefore Schwartz gives the reader the challenge to unplug more often:
- Read more books as opposed to our phones. Reading books is an attention-building mechanism.
- Take a few 10-15 minute breaks to quiet our minds.
- Leave your digital devices out of the bedroom when going to bed.
- Take at least one digital-free vacation a year.
Would you be able to take the challenge? Try to go offline for a day. How do you feel: more relaxed or not? Find out more in this article.