The concept of “disconnect to connect” is as simple as it is rewarding. Turn off your digital device to be more present, engaged, and feel liberated IRL (in real life). Naturally, it’ll make you happier.
It’s a simple idea, yet it keeps getting harder to do. Most of us are super attached to our digital devices and hooked on apps. A lot of our activities and socializing are intertwined with social media and the at-your-fingertips information smartphones provide.
Sure, it’s great to stay in touch with friends across time and space, to let “that voice” guide you on a drive, to have every factoid and news tidbit always available, to constantly have a camera at-the-ready, to get endless hours of music and literature and “TV” shows and on and on…
But while we’ve been happily connecting with our smart devices, we’ve been missing out on something that makes us happier: natural and personal connection. Let’s change that!
Of course, we’re not talking about throwing away all of our digital devices, we’re talking about turning them off for a bit or even leaving them at home (oh my!) when going on an outing.
We know, it’s hard. But this is why it’s worth it…
Disconnect to Connect More
When you head outdoors without your phone, you’re leaving behind “a magnet” for the eyes and ears. Without it, all your senses are open to the world around you. You’ll see and hear more of where you are and what’s happening. You’ll be more aware of your place in the world. You’ll be more present. If there’s another person, you’ll also be more present with each other.
You feel more connected – and connected to more.
Disconnect to Connect Deeper
Smartphones can add a helpful layer to an experience, e.g., giving directions, identifying plants, taking pictures. But that can also create a barrier between you and the experience. Without the option to take a quick picture, identify a plant, or know the next turn, you’ll focus more on what you’re experiencing and pay more attention to detail. You’ll engage more deeply with all that’s around you.
You create a deeper connection that satisfies and lasts.
Disconnect to Connect Happier
Being without your smart device eliminates distractions that can make you unhappy. There are the obvious culprits like breaking news updates or work-related notifications. Now social media is also known to make people unhappy. Give yourself a break from bad news, other people’s more-fabulous-than-thou posts, and checking your own “popularity”. Even more daring: you being outdoors without your phone camera! Suddenly, you’re free from the pressure to take the most impressive photo. Imagine enjoying a view for what it is – and not a potential Instagram post. “They” don’t even need to know you’re outside being happier. This outing is just for you. Enjoy!
Disconnect to liberate yourself from all the pressures and distractions. Connect with a happier you.
So how about it? Ready to go for a walk, hike, or ride without your smart phone? Turn off your digital devices for an afternoon visiting with relatives this holiday season? Leave your phone at home while spending a Saturday out and about?
Let’s inspire each other!
Please leave a comment below: Tell us about your experiences with taking a break from your smart device. Add your suggestions for when to turn it off and when to leave it behind. Reminisce about a world before smart phones. Feel free to share any other related thoughts.
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