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‘Tis The Season To Unplug

‘Tis The Season To Unplug

By Susan Williams

The holiday celebrations are now well underway and as I walked through the bustling malls or drove past people on the streets I noticed one very similar thing – everyone is plugged into their devices.

And this really is not a good thing.

There is research that is showing that all this connected-ness may be causing some psychological problems.

For example there is the potential that you could develop an internet addiction or possibly form a sleep disorder – and even one study found that people who use their cell phones a great deal can actually be bigger jerks (or in other words show more anti-social behaviour).

It’s become such a problem that someone even developed an app to combat this situation.

There is a new smart phone app game where people turn off their phones in a social situation and then whoever touches it first has to pay for dinner.

So I decided I’m going to unplug this holiday.

Not for too long but just for the next couple of days as I spend time with my family and friends. This means no internet, Twitter, Facebook, e-mail or texts. No quick product searches or looking online for recipes. If I want to talk to someone – I’ll have to pick up a handset and actually dial a number using my old landline. If I want a recipe, I’ll pull out my old cookbooks and read and follow them old school.

As I think about it, this could actually be an interesting experiment.

I don’t remember the last time that I consciously disconnected from technology. It’s not like I’m online all the time but an occasional passing glance at my smartphone as it sounds that notification beep is so easy to do.

So if I don’t get back to you right away – please try and understand – I’m unplugging for the holiday.

Wishing everyone great joy, happiness and peace this holiday season and hope that you have the opportunity to spend time with the people that are special to you.  

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.