Vote Tech - Free
“It's not tech-free night!” Those are too often the first words out of my 3 year olds mouth in the morning. Not good morning or another form of hello. Of course most days are no however, on Mondays and Wednesday morning the answer is “yes it is tech free night.” Followed quickly by a “NOOOOOO!!” Tech-Free night for us starts after 7:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Pretty simple rule no TV, no computer, and no phone unless there is an emergency call or task to be completed. Initially we thought it would be really difficult, but what we have found is that we don’t miss those things as much and sometimes it rubs off into the other evenings as well.
In the last 10-15 years many of us have become slaves to technology. Constantly checking email, texts, and social media to see what is going on in the world. Don’t forget watching our favorite shows, using a DVR to watch them later, and of course binge watching. Oh, and video games! It is tough to realize the detriment this focus on useless things is doing to us internally yet we feel the need to constantly want the “connection.” If it is that hard to have the willpower to avoid technology, is it any better than other addictions out there? Do you have tech withdrawal symptoms afterwards?
Try it take 1 night a week and don’t use anything after 7:00! Read a book, talk to your family members, play a board game, do a puzzle, exercise, clean, laundry, meditate, or simply go to bed early! Try it and thank me later!
Dr. Alan Broering D.C., CCSP®