A Common Sense Media report highlights that teens and tweens in the US spend 6-9 hours on a smartphone. People in the UK also spend more time on a smartphone than they spend while sleeping. Statistics for India are slightly below this, around 2-3 hours per day, but are steeply rising as the nation’s internet users will reach a figure of 314 million by 2017. Does that surprise you?
As most of the professions require the use of a laptop or even a smart phone, it is absolutely unimaginable to spend a day without any of these gadgets. Even our “free-time” is dedicated to smartphones so as to watch movies or videos, engage in social networking sites or even read books.
Technology is undoubtedly a necessary evil today. It’s crazy, addictive and can be harmful too but it is too important to abstain from. The obsessive-compulsive disorder type obligatory desire to stay connected can be overwhelming. When not accessing these gadgets, you are anxiously anticipating about what you are missing.
Switch off your smart-phones and laptops for a day. Initially, the anxiety will be too much to handle. But stick to the resolve. A few things that you could do on your no-smartphone day:-
1) Pick up a book, a real one and not a kindle version. Visit the library, an actual brick and mortar one.
2) Write a letter to somebody. A letter on a paper and not an email.
3) Spend some time in the garden. Don’t worry about the sun-tan. You could also visit a parlor/spa after that.
4) Draw, paint, sculpt. Whatever you like. Just get your hands dirty.
5) Try a new recipe. Cook something new.
6) Do something philanthropic. The world needs every minute contribution.
7) Go to the local park or rent a bicycle and take a ride.
8) Visit a friend. And talk to them without being bothered by the constant buzzing of a mobile.
Smart phones and other gadgets are here to stay and their share in our 24-hours in only going to increase. Technology has made our lives convenient like never. But the extent to which it has overtaken our lives is disturbing. So while we turn towards the mobile and laptop screens for everything fun and work, it is for us to decide how much we want to spend in the virtual world and miss out on the beautiful things around us. Have a great no-smartphone day!