In today’s technology-driven world, it’s easy to feel like we are constantly plugged in. Whether we’re checking our phones, refreshing our emails, or downloading a movie on our laptops, the reality often is that we’re surrounded by screens no matter where we look. But there are scientifically proven benefits of unplugging from technology, too — and sometimes, it’s useful to remind ourselves of exactly what those benefits are. There’s more to life than our smartphones, after all.
The key is finding what boundaries work for you so you can find the balance that works best for your own life. Here’s a good place to start:
1. Your Overall Quality Of Life May Improve
In a study from the University of Maryland, researchers discovered that when students unplugged from technology, they reported an improved quality of life.
2. Unplugging After Work Helps You Recharge
Researchers found that when people “unplugged” from work related tasks, such as checking their work email after hours, they reported feeling fresher and better recharged when beginning work the following day.
3. You Might Sleep Better
Data from a 2013 survey in PEW shows that 44 percent of people sleep with their phones by their sides so they don’t miss a message or notification. But being woken up by funny tweets and random GIFs from your friends is likely doing nothing for your sleep patterns, much less your mood upon waking up in the morning.
4. It Might Make It Easier To Get Over Your Ex
Of course, while pretty much nothing except for time and a few good cries truly heals the wounds of a breakup, constantly seeing reminders of your ex on social media doesn’t make things any easier.
5. Unplugging May Improve Your Interpersonal Communications
A 2013 study suggests that sharing too much on social media may negatively impact your interpersonal relationships. If you’ve ever accidentally “shared” a post that is offensive to a loved one, or vented about a boss and then been held accountable at work the next day, you likely know all too well that sharing online can have consequences.
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