As the year is winding down and we are into the holiday season, lets take a moment to think about “connection” and “distraction.” It’s interesting to think about how distractions directly relate to our connections. When we are distracted, we are unable to connect and vice versa. But let’s specify connection.
We live in a society and time surrounded by technologies designed to “connect” us. Face-space-insta-snap-text-chat-down-periscope…I’ve lost track. It seems like weekly there’s a new method to keep us “more connected”. We can text message, scour the internet, check email and all 5 of our social media accounts anywhere and at anytime. And we do. We stay constantly distracted by these technologies and methods of connections that we are in fact completely disconnected. Less connected, more distracted and possibly addicted to these distractions. Addicted in the sense of a drug addiction yet socially accepted. In fact, almost to the point that choosing to abstain makes for social awkwardness. This is a dangerous thing. We humans are social creatures by nature. So it makes sense we are attracted to these practices claiming “better connectivity”. But they are actually distracting us from reality and real connections. Reality and real human connection are important things proven to improve your health, well-being and quality of life.
Real connections are face to face conversations, hugs, handshakes and meals shared together. I challenge you to limit your email and social media addictions to 2-3 times a day. Choose times when your children and family are not with you. Try playing or reading with your kids. Sit down and eat meals with your family. Your relationships and time with loved ones will blossom. You can and should implement this at work too. These techniques have been shown to improve workplace productivity and efficacy over and over again. You may reduce stress levels. And you may find that all the “virtual” stuff is just that, virtual or almost real. And real life is in the same room as you. Real life is tactile, you can feel, smell, touch it. You are connected to it and not distracted by it.
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