We are constantly connected to technology at all points during the day, especially the younger generation. Of course there are many benefits and drawbacks to this new dependency on technology. I am admittedly a very devoted technology lover and use it in all aspects of my life, from school work to social life. In this age of information overload, we must accept that there is no turning back from technology and we are more than excited to embrace cool new ideas, apps, websites, and other innovations. However, this age of excessive information can also be overwhelming. Technology has helped people communicate more easily and served as many different types of entertainment, from social media sites to reality tv series. We have all heard the now somewhat dated term “crack-berry” for people attached to their blackberries (is there a new one for iPhones?). There is even a diagnosed phobia of being without your cellphone, called nomophobia.
If people just unplugged from technology—tv, cell phone, computer, etc—for one hour a day, I think our world would be a better place. If people cooked a healthy dinner instead of microwaving a frozen dinner and eating in front of the tv, or if people read a book in replace of spending time on social media sites, our brains would be more active and our eyes less glazed over. There are potential health impacts for staring at a digital screen for too many hours a day, which could be aided by unplugging for just an hour. Today there are so many technology distractions around us that we are tempted to succumb to playing video games or watching another episode of that tv show instead of working out, doing household chores, or simply spending true alone time. Maybe people would have more time exercise, get outside, find new hobbies, or spend time interacting (in person!) with others. I think that if all people unplugged from technology for just an hour a day, society would overall be a happier place.