Addicted to Being Connected?

Jul 27, 2012   //   by Angela Cirrone   //   Blog Posts  //  Comments Off on Addicted to Being Connected?

In today’s day in age, we are all connected. We can be reached at anytime via phone, text, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Although being connected has its advantages, especially for business, we need to disconnect and learn to balance our online life with our offline life.

Are you like me? I never leave my house without my Smartphone. I feel like I need to have the internet wherever I go.  You never know when you are going to need to Google something!

Recently, I accidentally left my phone at home while running to Home Depot. Once I realized I left it at home it was too late to turn back. I quickly realized that I am addicted to being connected. The thought of being without access made me nervous & anxious. How do you feel when you are without internet? Do you experience the same things?

While in Home Depot, I felt lost! I was looking for something specific and didn’t have my phone to research it while in the store. I regularly compare products and prices while shopping. I didn’t know what to do! The associates at the store were helpful but the gentleman that was helping me didn’t know if they made the part I was looking for. He tried to look it up on their store computer but it was evident that he wasn’t particularly tech savvy as he was typing with one finger! I finally had to accept the fact that I wasn't going to find what I was looking for and would have to look it up when I got home. 

Here are some tips to disconnect:

  • Be disciplined & set a schedule:
    • Do not check Facebook, or email in bed.
    • Avoid checking emails, Facebook, or Twitter every chance you get.
    • Set a schedule that you will be focused at the task at hand.
    • Define times that you will check email, Facebook, or Twitter, read blogs or news & stick to it.
    • No phones used at the dinner table. 
  • Learn these things:
    • It’s ok to just wait in line or for an appointment.
    • You can do one thing at a time. Watch tv without your phone, tablet or laptop.
  • Find offline hobbies. For example:
    • Reading a book (If you read on a tablet or reading device, shut notifications off.)
    • Knitting
    • Sewing
    • Playing cards or board games
    • Making scrapbooks
    • Going to the movies
    • Taking a walk
    • Going to the gym
    • Starting a journal – handwritten!

What other tips would you suggest?

Anson Alexander posted a great blog post about Internet Addiction statistics. You will be amazed by some of the facts he shares.

Are you part of this group?

  • A survey in 2012 of 12,800 American women found:
    • 34% check their smartphone before getting out of bed.
    • 21% wake up in the middle of the night to check Facebook.
    • 27% check Facebook while on the toilet. 

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