Mobile internet, smartphones, social media, hypes and scandals – we live in a fast-paced time in which every piece of news and information is readily available at any given moment. We are fed with newsflashes, emails and status updates and hardly find the time to rest. This trend has developed to a whole new level since smartphones allow us to go online whenever we want to and wherever we are.
Due to mobile phones we are all available 24/7, but for some people being online has become so natural that they literally use their smartphones to go on the internet every couple of minutes or so. As handy and convenient smartphones may be, I sometimes feel the urge to shut down my mobile phone and my computer in order to be able to really relax.
Get some time for yourself
Don’t get me wrong here, I do appreciate the various benefits of the technological developments: I love shopping online, I do enjoy reading other blogs and news and I only book cinema tickets online. However, I sometimes need to get some time off the web. When I sit together with my husband and kids, I enjoy their company and I don’t want to get distracted by incoming emails, twitter messages or other online activities. I think it is a good idea to reserve some time in the day only for you and your loved ones and stop being available to the whole world.
The tardiness of things
Also, I find it important to rediscover the tardiness of things. People tend to get their information so quickly and so compressed that some of them have forgotten to take their time for certain things. Many don’t even have the amount of concentration that is necessary for reading a book anymore.
So shut off your mobile, make yourself a nice cup of tea and consciously enjoy the silence and slowness. Do things you really enjoy, go out for a walk, take short baking courses, you can find them easily on Groupon; or invite some friends over for dinner and just talk and listen to your loved ones. It has definitely reminded me that those are the things that really matter in life and make our lives worth living.