Please watch this video and tell me if this look familiar. It looks pretty familiar to me unfortunately, and probably quite a few people in this technically charged modern day will recognize themselves as well:
When I had my neck surgery, I was forced to take this break, and I have to tell you that it felt REALLY good! I thought I would go insane if I wasn’t constantly doing something on one of my devices, but instead I found myself less stressed and able to enjoy the simpler things in life. My family and I ended up spending some fantastic quality time together and even played board games – something we haven’t done in a long, long time. We laughed and joked, and it was just wonderful. In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much, that even though I am pretty much healed (and back online), we have been doing more things together almost daily. Now that I know about the Tech Timeout Challenge – a one hour break per day – it is something we will be doing on a daily basis.
Life insurance provider Foresters™ recently started something called the “Tech Timeout™ Challenge”. They are hoping that by taking a pledge, families will turn off the electronics for one hour per day, and spend quality time together. I absolutely love this idea!
I am sure you can think of plenty of things to do offline with your family, but if you need some ideas, take a look at these:
Did you know that the average teen sends 60 texts per day? Actually that number seems a little low to me, but I digress. Honestly, I find it really rude when not only teens, but adults too, have their heads glued to their phones when I am trying to have a conversation with them. This happens more and more often and frustrates me to no end. What is wrong with giving someone your undivided attention for a few minutes?
To help you and your family turn off the TV, phones, tablets, mP3 players, and video games (whew – this makes me dizzy!), print out this pledge form and have your family sign it. Paste it on the refrigerator, or somewhere that everyone will see it daily.
I hope you will join me in the Tech Timeout Challenge. Not only is it good for the whole family, it is good for your body (see my PSA below).
PSA from me: Take that break! You do NOT want to go through neck surgery like I did. Although my issues were not tech related, I am now very aware of my posture while on my laptop, phone or iPad. I worry about teens and the neck problems they will have when they are my age (probably earlier actually). If you or a family member does a lot of texting, or spends lots of time on the cell phone, please remind then to hold their phone/handheld game, etc. in front of them, and not to look down. If you spend a lot of time on the computer, make sure you set a timer to go take a break periodically. It is easy to get wrapped up in something online, but stepping away often is very important.
Make sure you like the Tech Timeout Facebook Fan Page, where you can share you stories and learn about the experiences of others, and their “timeouts”!
*Although this is a partnered post, all opinions are my own.