Unplugging from cell phones, internet can be vital to your health
By Maureen L. Daniels, MEd
For all of the many benefits internet and cell technology have brought to our daily lives in terms of information access, social connectivity and convenience, we’re discovering as a society that there’s a very real downside to what has become an addictive reliance on these modern-day devices. We seem to be so perpetually “plugged in” that we’re missing some of the most meaningful moments of our lives and compromising our personal health.
Consider these eye-opening statistics, gathered from research over the past few years:
The very technology designed to make life better is having the opposite effect on our health. Stress and worry is at an all-time high. Our blood pressure and heart rates are rising. Our immune systems are being depleted. We’re sleeping less. Our work-life balance is completely blurred. We’re constantly “on call,” and even though we may resent that, we’re not always willing to unplug.
Let’s think again, because there are many compelling reasons to do so:
We’re an increasingly impatient society. We crave and expect the keystroke immediacy the internet and cell phones deliver. But we’re paying a high price with our body, mind and spirit. Consciously unplugging from the grid now and then will reconnect us to ourselves, the people we love and the real world around us.
Maureen L. Daniels, MEd, is Director of Wellness at Work at Berkshire Health Systems