Why You Should Have At Least One Hour A Day Without Technology
Staying Connected both with People and with Nature
Today technology is everywhere around us.
In fact, most of us can’t imagine life as it is without it.
This may sound weird at first, but it is actually completely logical the more you think about it.
Technology is part of pretty much any and every aspect of our lives and has been for years.
So imagining a world completely void of it – well, it wouldn’t be a very similar place to what we have now.
We as a society developed in this way in large part thanks to the technological advancements that have been incorporated into our daily lives.
And that’s in no way a bad thing.
We have a lot to be grateful for in terms of how technology has helped us.
In the following article, we explain why technology as a whole is so important and why this doesn’t mean we should always use it.
Consider this an addition to our article about digital minimalism, which you can go to by clicking HERE.
We hope you find this as fascinating as we do!
Why is Technology Important?
We think everyone can answer this question. For starters, some technology is used to literally save lives.
Talk about hospitals, fire departments, quick-line communications – all of these incredibly important aspects of our lives, keep us safe and are there solely because of technological advancement.
When you look back 500 years, for example, you can see how drastically our lives have improved today thanks to the tools we use and the knowledge we have.
In large part, we have science and technology to thank for that, and that’s no small feat.
Secondly, technology is also our best facilitator for connection.
Nowadays people from across the globe can talk to each other as if they’re sitting at the same table thanks to the internet and cameras.
That alone would have been considered a miracle less than a century ago.
And this isn’t the only type of connection made possible thanks to technology.
Information in all of its forms about pretty much any topic is always at the tip of our fingers.
The moment we decide we want to learn something, we don’t have to visit libraries or rely on word of mouth – we can simply pull out our phones and start googling. (I am so grateful for the number of times a quick google has confirmed a certain actor was in the film I said he was and how that has saved my marriage!).
Both of these things have reshaped our worldview and way of life as a society and have done so in a mainly positive way.
The Entertainment Side!
Last but not least, we use technology for entertainment too.
Streaming music, watching videos, hell, even roller coasters are reliant on computers.
We can have so much fun thanks to technology, and it’s amazing that it is not the only thing we do all the time.
And not only that, but largely speaking, this also helps the artists themselves.
The fact that people’s favourite musicians are sometimes from other continents is proof enough that technology is useful in this aspect too.
So, Why Should You Have Some Technology-Free Time?
With all that being said, why do we believe we should have some time without technology?
With all of its positive sides, how is it possible to not want to spend every second surrounded by it?
Well, to put it simply – too much of a good thing can be bad.
Firstly, staying connected to everyone and everything all of the time can be exhausting.
Not only that, it’s much harder to truly focus on yourself and your own thoughts when you’re constantly seeing and hearing everyone else’s.
That may not seem like a big deal at first, but it really adds up through time and has been linked to problems with self-understanding and development.
Secondly, you can only appreciate something in its entirety when you know what it’s like to not have it.
As much as we try to escape this simple fact, it’s true.
Lacking something is the only way to appreciate every aspect of it.
And that is actually a good thing.
Because when we have a fresh and sound perspective on something, we can understand what parts of it are really important to us.
And that can’t happen if we are constantly using it.
What’s really important about technology today is that we shouldn’t let it govern our lives.
It’s really easy to go with the flow and just spend all day on your phone, but we all know that’s not really productive.
Not only that, spending too much time browsing social media, for example, can have a negative effect on how we see the world or ourselves.
The Natural Human
Now, perhaps the most important point of this article is that we as people are natural beings.
Our environment benefits greatly from technology, true, but it shouldn’t overtake it completely.
A myriad of studies shows that we feel our best when we are surrounded by nature.
Our surroundings are incredibly important to our mental and physical health, and spending some time in our natural habitat is mandatory if we want to stay healthy.
We believe that balance is key.
This is why finding this equilibrium between technology and nature is the best possible thing we can do.
Just one hour a day without technology can be very beneficial if we want to stay happy and healthy.
That doesn’t sound too hard, does it?
Technology is incredibly important.
More so, it’s an integral part of our lives.
It is the reason behind many positive changes to our lives which is why it is so widespread.
However, this doesn’t mean that we should depend solely on it to make us happy and have fun.
In today’s day and age, more and more of us are starting to have a negative relationship with tech, which is why we decided to write this article.
We believe that finding the balance between technology and nature is the only way to make sure we get the best of both worlds.
Our idea may seem a bit weird at first, but it’s a great first step towards finding that balance.