If you have a smartphone or miniature tablet, you carry around the world in your pocket. You can connect with anyone anywhere in the world at any time. You have access to an overwhelming amount of information via the internet. With the explosion of online shopping options, you could comfortably live more or less your entire life without ever leaving the house. The constant bombardment of information that comes with advancements in personal technology, however, can leave you feeling like you are trapped on a roller coaster. You can see every detail of your friends’ lives on social media, and the tragedy of the day follows you around in your news app. If you have your work emails synced to your phone, you are never really on vacation, and most apps come with notifications that inform you about updates, status changes or that someone liked your recent photograph.
When you are tied to your phone, tablet or computer, you are at the mercy of the rest of the world. You struggle to control what you see, and even the best day can be ruined by a new horror on the news or the discovery that a friend is getting divorced. To take back your life, take a break from your electronics regularly. Turn your phone off after dinner or refuse to take your laptop with you on vacation. You will find that taking control of your own life is much easier once you step back and untangle yourself from other people’s lives.