Why you should turn your phone off

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Our phones have become a vital part of our lives, there is no denying it. Now we can; order our shopping, turn the lights on at home, use GPS to give us directions, even have conversations with our phones. While we are becoming more reliant on these little pocket devices we are asking whether we should take a step back from it all and just turn them off.

You’ll enjoy the moment more

Okay, you will miss it a little, but when you turn your phone off, you won’t have an excuse to be thinking about anything other than what you are doing at that moment. We’ve all been sat watching a movie or in a room full of friends when someone, potentially you, begins looking down at their phone which completely removes them from the what’s happening. If that is you, try turning off your phone for a while when you are trying to focus on something else. You will find that you can enjoy it more without wondering whether you need to read the latest notification that’s popped up on your phone screen.

You will be able to spend some real quality time with your family as you now turn your attention to them rather than the palm of your hand. Once you’ve gone a few hours without using your phone, you will begin to forget about it. Our lives inside our phones are not essential, even though we all enjoy spending time on social media. Try turning your phone off for an evening or two during the week to see how you cope, you’ll probably get on better than you think.

You’ll have to find your own solutions

Sure we can rely on a tutorial video from YouTube to figure out how to cook pasta, but where’s the fun in that? Turning it off and thinking for yourself will mean you can actually learn how to do things through trial and error, making you understand the reasons why things are done the way they are. Imagine trying to fix your bicycle chain without any help, unless you’ve done it before you wouldn’t have a clue. Turning off your phone will help you to unlock your problem-solving skills which will in turn help keep your brain working.

You’ll be able to sleep better

Our bodies are programmed to respond to light, it is something that we have evolved to respond to since the time of the cavemen. As the day would break their body clocks would tell them it is time to get up and continue surviving in the harsh world they used to inhabit. If we look at our phone screens while lying bed before sleep, it will actually make our body clocks assume that it is daytime which will make it harder to fall asleep. This lack of sleep is, unsurprisingly, making us more tired throughout the day and is detrimental to our overall health.

Of course, having a phone these days is a necessity of modern living. It is important to keep to our busy schedules, and it allows us to receive important emails and documents. Even though they are important, they are not something we need to be constantly attached to in order to enjoy our lives. In fact, turning them off for a while will allow us to look up from our laps and see the world out there just waiting for us to enjoy it.

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