Whether it’s extreme texting, tweeting, Googling, posting or blogging, the phenomenon of being caught in the web of the Web is real. Rationalizations range from coping with today’s information overload to fear of missing out (FOMO). Yet, detriments of such continual digital connectedness range from the stifling of family and social bonds to a lack of life skills that only face-to-face communication fosters.
In 2011, The New York University Child Study Center reported that 8-to-18-year-olds average more than six hours of daily media use and that school grades of a surveyed group that considered themselves “heavy” users were considerably lower than their “light” use counterparts. Stanford Communications Professor Clifford Nass, author of The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, remarked in a 2013 NPR interview that people that do extensive media multitasking “can’t filter out irrelevancy, can’t manage memory and are chronically distracted. They say they are productive and can ‘shut it off’, but can’t keep on task and focus on one thing.”
Fortunately, programs to unplug are catching on. More than 400 middle and high schools in 20 U. S. states plus Canada took a Digital Blackout Challenge to refrain from using electronic deices for one week during the 2012-2013 school year (DigitalBlackout.org). From Chief Sealth International High School, in Seattle, Washington, senior Marissa Evans says the experience informed her “there’s a balance between ‘too much’ and ‘just enough’ ” in being connected, and classmate Alex Askerov terms the Challenge “a breath of fresh air.”
For the 2013 documentary film, Sleeping with Siri, Seattle-based journalist Michael Stusser underwent a one week, self-assessed “techno gorge”, followed by a digital detox of the same duration. During stage one, he said his blood pressure went up 40 points after four days. He found, “You’re always waiting for a response.” He subsequently enjoyed being disconnected.
Foresters, a Toronto, Ontario-based life insurance provider, asks families to take a Tech Timeout pledge for at least one hour every day and make Sundays entirely non-tech, packed with family activities and socializing.
I wanted to share this information because it was interesting and informative. I can say that I am guilty of being on the computer too much sometimes, it can be very addicting. But there are days when I just don’t even look at it or turn it on. I just take time to enjoy the little things in life. One is quiet time.
So, take some time this Thanksgiving to detox yourself from your phone, computer or other techie machine that you have and enjoy family, friends and loved ones.
Learn more at TechTimeout.com.
This quote was the first thing that caught my eye this morning. The weather in Florida is gloomy, windy and chilly. Yes, you are reading that right. I have lived here for thirty something years and still love the sunshine and warm weather better.
Anyhoo, getting to the point! Today is Monday and for some reason it is THAT day when most of us dread getting out of bed, and going to work. I have to confess that today I felt like that too. It would be so much nicer to just stay home and do some things around the house, and enjoy some time with my doggies.
But then my thinking changed to gratitude. 1. Being grateful that I am alive. 2. I have a job. 3. I have somewhere to live. 4. Doggies that love me. 5. My family. I think you know what I mean.
So, when I saw this beautiful image of the bird and the rainbow, I realized how beautiful life is and that I have no reason to be complaining about getting up and going to work or anything else for that matter.
I plan to make it the best day possible and keep smiling, because you never know what is going on in someone else’s life and when YOU keep a smile on your face, that little gesture could make a person’s day brighter.
Thank you to my blogging friend at http://my2ndheartbeat.wordpress.com/ for posting this today!
Peace, love, bliss,
I am grateful and honored once again that this blog has been nominated for another award. I would like to thank one of my friends in this blogging community One Bridge of Hope (http://onebridgeofhope.wordpress.com/), a mother and daughter team whose belief is that we all have the power to be ourselves.
One of the rules upon acceptance of this award is to nominate 15 – amazing, awesome, brilliant, beautiful, caring, compassionate, delightful, energizing, (you get the point) blogs!
The nominees are:
1. A Crafty Traveler http://acraftytraveler.com/
2. Jazzy Beat Chick http://jazzybeatchick.com/
3. Deny Designs http://blog2.denydesigns.com/
4. Meraki Inspiration Blog http://merakiinspirationblog.wordpress.com/
5. She is not a poet http://sheisnotapoet.com/
6. Jeff Moore-My Everyday Power http://everydaypowerblog.com/
7. The Year of Living Non-Judgmentally http://annkoplow.wordpress.com/
8. Picz Load http://piczload.com/
9. Namaste Every Day http://namasteeveryday.wordpress.com/
10. 219,000 Minutes of Emptiness http://moe219.wordpress.com/
12. A Lot on your Plate http://alotonyourplate.wordpress.com/
13. Careann’s Musings http://careann.wordpress.com/
14. Enjoy My Adventure http://enjoymyadventure.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/back-with-a-miracle/
15. Claire Atkinson http://clairejatkinson.wordpress.com/
If you would like to know about The Versatile Blogger Award, here is the link: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/
So, here are seven things about myself: (If you laugh at some, that’s okay-laughter is good for the soul!)
1. I like long walks and hate rude people.
2. If I could marry ice cream, it would be Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.
3. I don’t eat animals.
4. My dogs are my best friends.
5. Love to help anyone I can.
6. Creating art using recycled materials makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
7. My parents are the best people I know.
****Bonus: I am grateful and honored to be a part of this wonderful blogging community. Everyone is talented and I love that there is an abundance of diversity here. Such a blessing! *****
I would like to thank One Bridge of Hope once again for this kind and gracious nomination!
Please take some time to check out the blogs that I have listed above.
Peace, love, blessings,
Empathic Kindness….what will be your experience.
Here we are now in Week 3 of the Empathic Kindness class, the inspiration for which came from an article by Roman Krznaric called “Six Habits of Highly Empathic People.”
This week’s theme is to put you in the position of other people. The idea isn’t for this to just happen in your mind, but to really do something that someone else does. And ideally, this is something that takes you outside of your own comfort zone.
For instance, in the article, Krznaric tells the story of author George Orwell who wanted to experience what it was like to live on the streets. Doing so, Orwell learned that homeless people are not necessarily “drunken scoundrels” and, in fact, he developed friendships with some of the people he met. This experienced helped fuel much of his future writing.
It may not be practical for us to go out and live on…
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If you are here, then I welcome you. Maybe you were curious about the title of this blog, or are kind enough to read it. Either way, I thank you. Yesterday, I did a post titled “Accept the Gifts of the Universe.” There were many people who read that and once again, I am grateful.
Today’s post I believe is related to that. This is also from the Guidebook for the Trust Your Vibes Oracle Cards. It seems that the Universe is trying to tell me something and so I want to share it with you all. It is also tickling my subconscious and making me stop and think.
So let’s take a moment to contemplate this: We all feed our bodies, right? But how often do we feed our spirit? I don’t just mean going to church or spending a weekend at a spiritual retreat. I am talking about spending time with your family, taking a walk on the beach, reading a book, etc. Maybe you already feed your spirit in one of those ways, or some other fashion. So, how do YOU feed your spirit?
I can say that I like to spend time with my dogs, taking them for a ride is their adventure and makes me appreciate them and how loving they are to me. Yoga is a big part of my life and love to reap the benefits. Working on my art gives me a sense of peace and am grateful to be able to share it with the world. Sitting in my yard, closing my eyes and smiling for all the things I have been blessed with in my life.
I could go on, but enough about me, let’s get back to the point. So, here is today’s reading interpretation:
Just as you feed your body, you must also feed your spirit. It makes you stronger, energized and more powerful. Most people are unaware of what feeds their spirit, but even if they know, they neglect to follow through. Don’t be guilty of this. Feeding your spirit comes from choosing experiences that empower you, and help you feel more authentic, spontaneous, and joyfully alive. Your spirit’s food is personal; only you know what your spirit hungers for. My spirit, for example, is fed by exercise, dancing, time with my children, good coffee, and walks with my husband. What feeds another may be a run on the beach, cooking, singing, or sleeping on a down pillow.
Think about your spirit’s diet. The more you feed it, the stronger it becomes. And when your spirit is strong, your vibes are loud and clear. Don’t be a psychic anorexic: Feed your spirit every day.