Ping. Ring. Beep. Repeat.
The endless techno-chatter we have become inundated with via popular cell phone demand is almost as typical as our own pumping heartbeat. Minutes turn into hours and days with constant electronic interruption. It's like a conversation gone bad. Cell phones are a definite plus in today's modern world. But, it's time to give our phones the overdue vacation they deserve.
Cell phone usage and information has increased all around the globe. We see people talking and listening, but to whom? Better yet, to what? What's missing are people connecting to people, nature and the real human experience.
In May of 2013, when cell phones weren't even at their peak, a survey was taken of the impacts cell phone usage was taking on a group of over 1000 people. The survey found three out of five people were spending more time on their electronic devices than they were with their significant other. That one outcome out of several is a significant result and signal that we needed to detach from our phones a long time ago.
TAKING TIME AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE
In the above-mentioned survey, 61% of the people surveyed found they couldn't ignore their cell phones for more than an hour of receiving current emails, phone calls or other forms of cell phone communication. Taking time away from your phone takes effort.
In the old days, "taking time off" was called a "vacation". Vacations were always highly revered as deserved, quality time away from the constants and stresses of everyday life. Doing things with friends and family came into play. That word "play" is ready to be rediscovered!
WHAT ARE WE MISSING?
Think of the things you miss when you are distracted by your cell phone. Do you remember the feeling of becoming fully engaged with nature? Do you remember the last time you didn't need an adrenaline rush from waiting for replies after texting? Do you actually hear every detail of your friend's request for a personal, one-on-one connection? Attention to detail and attention spans are waning more than our interrupted minds can fathom.
HOW ABOUT HEALTH?
Cell phones have long been the controversial health subject. Will radiation kill us? Can cell phones cause cancer? According to a 25-million-dollar study created by the U.S. National Toxicology Research Program, increased risks of malignant brain gliomas and schwannomas or tumors of the heart's nerve sheaths in rats were found as a result of very high signal cell phone radiation exposure. That's only the tip of the health-concern iceberg.
WHAT CAN WE DO DIFFERENTLY?
We are all susceptible to being controlled by these crafty little devices. Let's get off of our cell phone's level by disengaging from electronic devices more often. Rediscover how cool it is to communicate by using your senses, your heart and your mind. Allow time to slow down. Your body will actually relearn how to function and respond better. Enjoy a few easy phone-free ideas:
- -play with the kids
- -listen to the birds or windchimes
- -play a board game
- -play cards
- -write in a journal
- -plant a tree
- -bake a pie
- -volunteer with your favorite charity
- -talk a relaxing walk
- -learn a new language
- -learn to sew
- -take a friend to lunch
- -paint a picture
- -grow a vegetable garden
- -walk your pets
As Jordan Rubin, a well-respected natural health expert puts it, "Life is not simply about surviving. It is about thriving." Don't let electronic, radiation-based devices take control of your life and possibly your overall health. Dare to be different. Dare to explore the human experience on human levels. Help motivate others to do the same. Our world needs your personal touch to make it a better place in which to live and thrive. If we're on our phones day after day, we risk more than a worn-out battery. We risk everything our lives should be.