Do you recollect what it was like to have downtime? Real downtime, when you could watch your child’s little league game without responding to an email on your smartphone, or take your dog for a walk without texting. But is downtime a thing of the past? In a world which is so connected it appears as though we are hardly ever without our devices. And the question we need to ask is; is this healthy?

It’s tough to deny that life has become simpler on account of connectivity. We don’t have to worry about becoming lost as our smartphones can guide us. We can stay on top of emails, social media connections, and even Google data regardless of where we are.

Nevertheless, all this connectivity does come with a price. We rarely have time to be alone with our ideas. Some social experts have questioned if our constant connectivity and the increased pressure to always be working—or playing—will result in the end of deep, philosophical thinking among humans.

That’s a huge question, but there is an even more important question for you to think about: Is your continual connectivity healthy? When should you unplug from your tablet, smartphone, and iPod?

We understand that not taking breaks from working can take its toll, but so can continuous entertainment. Whether that is checking social media sites, texting, or watching silly videos on YouTube. The body needs time to rest; it stresses out our eyes and minds to be constantly aware of so many different things, especially if the majority of those things are on devices. It may be time to take a break if you find that you have anxietywhen you’re away from your device.

While being connected helps develop relationships online it can harm ones offline. When you’re out withyour friends and family members it may be good practice to unplug. It’s just too easy to text and check your email, forgetting to give the ones around you the attention they deserve.

If you are one that always has their gadget in their hand, think of how your life may being impacted by it. Try leaving it at home one day, or turning it off on the weekends. You may find that you’re a lot more laid back because your brain is not focusing on more then just being present.

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