Yes, I know it’s difficult to put those electronic gadgets away. My current addiction is playing Candy Crush Saga on my Ipad! I also love Words with Friends, Hanging with Friends, Skee Ball, etc. You get my drift. Dare I say, the time I used to devote to reading seems to be taken up by my IPad activities. Then of course, there’s TV. Now I just have the basic digital package from Comcast, but that means there are still a lot of stations to watch which uses up my free time. I also have Netflix streaming which adds to the goodies I watch. It is wonderful to be be able to watch whenever I want to. Thank goodness, my cell phone is a dumb one or that would take up even more of my time. Reading unfortunately, is now pretty much confined to what I can listen to on CD books in my car while I’m driving around the area.
I didn’t grow up with all these digital devices, but I sure can’t live without them now or so I think. My family got our first computer in the 1990’s when my kids were in elementary school. We also got our first VCR then. We had a great time with these devices. Playing games, recording programs, etc. Then the cell phone became ubiquitous, and now, I panic if I forget my cell phone at home, and I’m driving around without one. My Ipad usually is with me wherever I go. My, how life has changed!
We are all so attached to our devices that sometimes we forget that there’s a world out there, and so much to do when we turn off all the screens that are demanding our attention. This coming week, April 29-May 5, Screen Free Week reminds us that there is life beyond our digital devices. Get outside and experience the beauty of nature. Play a game. read (a real book!), daydream, enjoy family and friends in person, not just on a screen! The hope is that this week of turning off the tv, the Ipad, the Kindle, the Blackberry, whatever you use that keeps you away from real life, will be the beginning of a lifestyle change where you discover or perhaps rediscover that it’s more fun to get out and interact with life than just passively interacting with a screen all the time. Moving and getting out will give you real health benefits too. You may find that losing those few extra pounds is a little easier when you move more and sit less. There is a place for our digital devices, but we need to realize that we can’t let them take over our lives.
Go to the website for Screen Free Week and check it out today. There are ideas and resources to get you started. When Monday comes you can start the challenge! Are you in ? Join me!