Should We Run Away From Technology…For Now?

Yahir Ramirez, Guest Writer

Being a child in a second-generation immigrant family, technology was always seen as unimportant and useless. Especially when in school, if grades weren’t good, privileges with technology weren’t either.

Although I thought of it as a punishment, the practice of occasionally taking a break from things like my phone and social-media to focus on myself is reassuring and calming, almost necessary. Why it’s important to take a break from these things is because it’s a way to recalibrate and sustain a healthy relationship with your phone, stay away from the downsides of social-media, and provide the chance to focus and better yourself.

Trust me, having to stay away from the virtual world of society to be in the real one is difficult when everyone around you is surrounded by it. But when you realize that your current social life fits into your phone, that’s when it’s time to step away. Now I don’t mean, throw your phone out and never use technology but rather realize the relationship and try to balance it as you would with a partner. As one New York Times article by Catherine Price puts it, “I still wanted to use my phone when it was helpful or fun. But I wanted a new relationship with it — one with better boundaries, and over which I had more control.” Taking a break can be to step away, reflect on it, recalibrate and try again.

A reason to consider stepping away from social media is the downsides it comes with, such as its effect on mental health. In an article for Insider, Juliana Ukiomogbe’s takeaway from research on social media says, “Spending too much time on your phone can contribute to low self-esteem, loneliness, and depression. Putting your phone down may help in alleviating some of these feelings.” For us all, social media can be distracting, but for some, it can leave them unhappy or unmotivated. With sources like Oberlo stating 45% of the population is on social media, it’s worth noting that social media isn’t always a positive platform.

Spending less time on technology presents the opportunity to spend more time on yourself. Instead of spending the average three hours on your phone and social media, that time can now be redirected towards something more beneficial. Whether that be in spending time for friends or family, new hobbies, self-discovery, or change in lifestyle, taking that occasional break can prove to be beneficial in more ways than one.

I know getting away from your phone isn’t always ideal but time away from it sometimes is something I very much encourage if one wants to redirect their attention to something else more important…oneself.