Technology is a weed in the garden of life.
Are you a Techno-Addict? What about someone you love...spouse, kids, friends? Technology is pervasive. As with many addictions, it starts in a small, non-invasive way, and before we know what hit us, we are into full-blown addiction.
Every Saturday morning, my husband and I take our two dogs on our weekly trek through the park. After our walk this morning, my husband's plan was to work on his landscaping project in the front yard. But first, a quick game of his new passion, Jewel Mania. Level 1, Level 2, Level 3...before he knew it, he was up to Level 20 and still playing.
Instead of the yard work he planned, he was entranced by this new interest. When I asked what happened to the yard work, his only comment was "Wow. This is really addictive!"
I readily admit that I am addicted to technology. My cell phone is with me all day, at work I use my computer and at home it's my laptop. When I'm relaxing, my Ipad is on my lap and I am on the internet, Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin. My emails (I have several) get checked regularly. And in my spare time, I'm working on my Blog. At night, I crawl into bed, eyes bleary from looking at computer screens most of the day. As I write this, I find myself touching the screen of my laptop to enter commands. Yikes...I can't even remember which device I'm using.
How about you? Do you worry about yourself or someone you love being so attached to technology that it is difficult to put it down? Does the thought of a long-term power outage strike terror in your heart? If so, you might be a Techno-Addict.
For the next 21 days, commit to doing the following:
. Set aside one hour a day...every day...and disengage from all technological hardware. No phone, computer, Ipad, Ipod, MP3 player, games...you get the idea.
. Notice how you feel as you disconnect. Are you uncomfortable? Do you feel nervous? Practice deep breathing if you find yourself panicking.
. During this free hour, do something simple. Read a real book (not on your Kindle or Nook), take a walk, play a board game, talk to your family, or just revel in the peace and quiet.
. The second week, try adding 30 minutes to this unplugged time.
. The third week, go for 2 full hours of sweet technology-free living.
At the end of 21 days, you will have formed a new habit and maybe even reconnected on a deeper level with the people who mean the most to you, including yourself.