I’m sure the answer to that question from everyone is YES! It’s okay. In today’s world, everything is electronic base and most of our time each day is used up on computers, T.V, video games, iPods/iPad, and of course cell phones. I’m sure it’s hard to think of a day when you haven’t used one of these electronic devices. The top 3 major electronics I use is the computer, iPad and iPod. I use my computer to blog, my iPad to use for quick searches, and my iPod to listen to music when I exercise. Looking back at what I just wrote doesn’t seem like it would be all too hard to limit my usage, but I tried to do it for a whole weekend, and I felt like I was just sitting on the couch looking into outer space. To keep me occupied, I read, I exercised, I cooked, I did some activities outside, but it still was definitely hard to not use any electronics. It really surprised me and it made me realize how addictive they are to us. But it also made me realize that we use these devices way too much and for things we don’t always need them for. Do we really need to check out email several times a day? Do we really need to just sit down and turn on the T.V if there wasn’t anything you were planning on watching? Do we really need to keep turning on and looking at our cell phones if there is really no one who you really need to contact? I’m sure not, and I’m not saying it will be easy to just say “Okay, no cell phones for a week!”. That’s not too realistic to everyone nowadays. So we have to slowly work on getting there.
Start by asking yourself if there’s something important on why you need to use that electronic device. Most of the time you can go without using it.
Start by setting up goals and times for yourself. Say you give yourself 2 free uses to use up sometime in the day, whether that’s to jump on your iPad or computer for a little bit, or to quickly text someone on your cell. Doing this will help you ease away from electronics and be aware of how much you are using that device. It’s not realistic, nor fun, to just drop all your electronics and not pick them up for a few days. Slow and steady wins the race! 🙂
Now if electronics were harmless to our bodies, (not saying we shouldn’t still moderate ourselves with them), it wouldn’t be all that big of a deal. But they aren’t harmless. They actually can cause a lot of harm to our bodies.
Copied from Dr. Mercola:
In 2008, researchers analyzed data from nearly 13,000 children and found that exposure to cell phones while in the womb, and also as children, was linked to more behavioral difficulties. Pregnant women using handsets just two or three times a day was enough to raise the risk of their babies developing hyperactivity and difficulties with conduct, emotions and relationships by the time they reached school age — and the risk became even greater if the children also used the phones themselves before age 7.
The 2008 study revealed that mothers who used mobile phones were 54 percent more likely to have children with behavioral problems. When the children also later used the phones themselves by age 7, they were:
- 80 percent more likely to suffer from difficulties with behavior
- 25 percent more at risk from emotional problems
- 34 percent more likely to suffer from difficulties relating to their peers
- 35 percent more likely to be hyperactive
- 49 percent more prone to problems with conduct