"I just need to quick check my email."
"Pics or it didn't happen."
"I don't know. Google it."
As a culture it is evident that we are strongly attached to our technology. The holidays serve as prime bonding opportunities-for many families, as their only opportunities-but togetherness competes with technology for our attention. Unplug your family this holiday season, and don't miss in-the-moment experiences and memorable quality time often lose the battle against our devices.
How Do We Go Gadget-Free?
According to a survey by Tech TimeOut, "more than half (52%) of adults from the U.S. and Canada indicated that family members’ use of electronic devices during the holidays is somewhat, very, or extremely annoying." It seems then, that, deep down, we wish we could take a break from technology during the holidays, yet we usually take no steps to unplug. Here are a couple of tips for how to press pause during the holiday season, and beyond:
Establish clear, simple rules that everyone can agree on. No devices at the dinner table, for example, is a good start.
Make plans without tech assistance. Instead of using a market app to store your recipe, go old school. Take a written list to the store. Track events on a wall calendar.
Give everyone an experience so memorable and magical that leaving the phone at home will feel easy.
Finally, cut the rule-breaker(s) some slack. Chastising them will make them more likely to retreat and bury themselves in their electronics once more.
What We're Missing is Priceless
Glued to our phones, computers, televisions, tablets, we lose the time together that we could be gaining. Instead of actively listening to each other, we engage in conversation at half-attention, missing quality time.
Memorable Quality Time
New experiences, relationships, and passions make our personalities dynamic and adaptable. As we are always growing and changing, life offers many chances to connect and re-connect with our family, which too much screen time prevents.
Speaking of connections through magical holiday experiences...
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