Unplug It, Turn It Off and Put It Down

Every now and then, I am in awe at how blessed I am, especially with technology. Let’s face it – I can keep up to date with my favorite sports teams, check my email, look over my exam study schedule, listen to a personalized playlist, audiobooks, or catch up on the latest episodes of Chuck – all while sitting in the bus on the way to class!

It seems as if technology has grown exponentially in the last 20-30 years.  From Bill Gates’ dream of a personal computer in every home (check this out), to the invention of the mobile phone, the iPod, and eventually the combination of the two, technology has changed how we live, think, and act.

It is important, though, to unplug, turn off and put down these devices.  I will be the first to admit that often times I listen to my iPod all day at school, check my Blackberry every 2 minutes, and power up the laptop as soon as I get home.  However, often my most inspirational and most thought-provoking moments are those away from all things battery powered.

Google is famous for encouraging employees to take creativity breaks, where they go outside, chat with friends, and do things non-tech related.   No wonder they are one of the most innovative, user-friendly and groundbreaking companies.

I encourage you to take some time out of your day (it doesn’t have to be much) and distance yourself from your gadgets.  I think you’ll find a refreshing change and a much needed break.  If anything, it will give your thumbs and eyes a chance to relax.

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