I would like to start out by saying thank you, Thank you to all of you who read my articles, Thanks for the nice comments, support and ideas on future subjects offered by people just like you. I honestly never thought that anything I would ever write would have such an impact on people’s lives’. This year we have touched on many subjects, including what you might call a rant, on my part, for some subject get very personal to me.
This year was a dandy; the tech industry was hard hit. Hackers had a better part in spreading misery to anyone connected to the internet, and currently they still are what seem like “control”, I have educated many of you on terms, tech lingo, and proper use of a surge strip. I try to do my best to inform you of the emerging threats, and daily struggles with technology. My favorite article this year was “Technology Detox”
As the holiday approaches, I will leave you with a recap of detox, pay close attention to the very last 2 paragraphs, for during the holidays; it is more of being with your family, than being around your family. Technology in any form can be a distraction, sometimes good, other times consuming. Don’t let the geek in you, miss out on the most wonderful time of the year.
If you know me, you know the love for technology that I have. At times it controls my life in more ways than I can grasp. This past weekend, I was forced to have a good time, without technology, and I liked it.
I guess forced is the wrong word, instead, decisions made for me, in my best interests. I had acquired some paid time off, and I chose the place to retreat to during the winter, when spring came, I had already taken a weeks’ vacation, and this weekend was a test, for me, to see if I could get along without all my gadgets, and just go off the grid. Cold turkey.
Let’s begin with the list of items I’m sure most of you have, Cell Phone, Tablet, Laptop, desktop, second tablet, ipad, ipod, android tablet, smartphone? Anything I missed?
Now, for the test, we start small; try to use just 2 devices all day. Making eye contact with those you interact with. Try to avoid answering the phone during a meal. Avoid late night emailing, and say I love you to someone you love, without texting. When you are done working for the day, let all calls go to voicemail, check email 2 times during the day. At night, 1 hour before bed, turn off all devices, read a book, or listen to music. Sleep.
Day 2: This is harder than step 1, most of you may fall off the wagon, try to get back on. You allow yourself 1 device, choose wisely. Take calls during business hours, No texting if the person is in the same room with you, speak to them, and look at them, if they reply, reply back by saying words, not texts. No switching devices. Limit your internet time to just checking email. No Social networking, Eye contact, use full words, no text talking, say I love you. No texting. Read a book, Listen to music, sleep.
Today is the day, no devices allowed. No email, voicemail, no 4G LTE, no Wi-Fi, no texting, no cell phones, no Facebook, Enjoy the day, be where you are with those you are with. Make eye contact, talk full words, I love you too. During the day, at 2 times you choose, clear your mind for ten minutes, no distractions, reflect, and meditate. Clearing your mind just 10 minutes a day makes you more creative, allows your brain to recharge. Go Retro, use a real watch, if you run a business, after 5, calls go to voicemail, play a board game, read a book, listen to calming music before bed. No reading, no watching T.V., detox the brain, recharge the mind. Sleep.
By the third day, the ones you love will notice how nice it is to be around you, spend time with you. You will catch yourself having fun, less stress, and recharged. This may be a short course to detox, but the power you have been given, it’s up to you to use it. I have managed to get through my whole weekend, not using tech, almost except for typing this blog. I have been in places with no internet, no cell phone coverage in the past, and have gone bonkers. This time was different. I had nothing to do; I could contact everyone, but chose not to. I survived the; withdraw from technology. Now where’s my cellphone? Thanks for reading, and keep your PC secure and your family safer. Remember at “Hunt Technology”, you always get “Quality Service & Individual Attention” you deserve. By the way, have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from me to you!
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