We live in the age of technology - there is absolutely no denying that. It's a part of our lives all day, every day, from the moment the alarm on our cell phone goes off to the time we check Facebook during our lunch break, to the e-mails we send before we go to bed at night.
Now don't get me wrong: This is far from a bad thing. I'm about as pro-technology as a girl can get. But that said, every once in a while I still feel like I need a break from it all. I need to disconnect and unplug myself from the world. I need to enjoy myself without the internet.
I think this is something any plugged-in college girl can relate to, so below, I'll share three of my favorite technology-free pastimes with you.
1. Read a book.
I'll admit it: Most of my reading, unless it's for class, is done on the computer these days. There are blogs available for just about every topic imaginable. The information is instantaneous, and it's updated quicker than any newspaper or magazine could ever hope to be.
But as much I love reading my favorite blogs, sometimes all I really want to do is curl up with a good book (or e-reader) or magazine and completely lose myself in another world. By reading while stepping away from the computer (and your cell!), you are no longer at risk of being distracted by e-mails or Facebook updates - instead, you can stay focused on what you're reading without interruption. Embrace it!
2. Take some time for meditation.
Personally, I've never been one for meditation, mostly because I've never been able to stop thinking long enough to actually enjoy it. But after reading fellow CF writer Joy's post on the benefits of meditation, I have to say I'm tempted to try.
Not only does meditation reduce stress, increase concentration, and improve your overall sense of well being, but it has the added bonus of leaving you alone with your thoughts. For a few moments, you have the ability to step away from all of your distractions and really and truly be alone with yourself. After my stressful senior year, this sounds like just what I need - count me in!
3. Enjoy some time outside.
Ride a bike. Go for a run. Pack a picnic. Want an outdoor escape without so many trees? Head to the beach to soak up the sun (once properly sunblock-ed, of course).
So often, we become obsessed with the latest technology, the newest blog posts, or the best place for cell phone service, that we forget to take the time to really enjoy the simple things in life, like building sandcastles at the beach or picking flowers at the park. So for the ultimate way to have fun without technology, take some time to rediscover those pastimes this summer. You may just find that you don't miss the internet as much as you thought you would.
What do you think?
Do you ever find yourself too attached to the internet and technology in general? Is there such a thing as too much technology? If so, how do you step away from it for a while? Leave a comment and let us know!