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Unplugging For the Summer Is It a Promising Idea?
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Unplugging for The Summer, Is It a Promising Idea?
Unplugging for the Summer, Is It a Promising idea?
Commercials come on T.V. talking about addiction to drugs; is it possible to have an addiction to technology also? The question being asked, “Is it wise to unplug for a summer from the technology devices. And is it a promising idea to unplug from all or some of the technology devices humans use for school, home and personal reasons; given the dependence humans have on technology?” Society uses computers and tablets, for school, personal and work. They also use phones for work and personal use. Televisions are used for game playing and relaxation. Students use technology a lot for school, then they go home and use the phones for personal use like texting, snapchatting, and a lot of selfie pictures. The phones are equipped with GPS for emergencies; but, the devices have become part of the human body, in a lot of opinions. So, is this world up for a break from technology for the summer months? Unplugging for the summer months from the technology devices is a promising idea, it gives time for exercise, for family, and for reading novels.
A debate as to whether it is a promising idea to unplug for the summer months, is about as debatable as whether or not drug addiction can be beaten or cured. Society has become dependent on the use of technology, just as humans have become dependent on drugs. Is it fair to say that use of technology has become part of human beings lives? Television and play stations/Xboxes keep kids inside, therefore, they do not get enough exercise except for what little bit of exercise they get once a day required in school. The rest of the time kids are inside either gaming it up or watching television. As the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, an environmental lawyer said, “We are a part of nature… and we have a role in nature… (Louv 2008).” Using nature’s gym can get everyone outside for fresh air, vitamin D for the body, and most of all get plenty of exercise from a long hike up the mountain, or a long bike ride through a trail. Taking a trip to the mountains for a hike, bike ride, and just the sheer beauty of the real mountain, will be more beautiful and beneficial to humans than looking a picture of the mountains on a technology device. It will not only help to build muscle, but going to the mountains can help teach humans about nature, help them lose weight and lower Body Mass Indexes (BMI). Keeping that in mind, it would help to unplug one’s self from all the devices.
“But we need to be reminded again and again, technology has a power off button (Becker 2017)”.Students for the most part must use technology in school for classwork. But, as it seems they use technology all day long; they use it at school, when they arrive home, and up until the student goes to bed. The student is wrapped up in texting, snapchatting, and taking pictures of themselves, to put on social media with their phones. So, the student uses computers or tablets all day school for class lesson assignments, then goes home, only to get on the phone to communicate with other students, talk on social media, or take pictures of themselves to share on social media. Therefore, the student is addicted to the phone, like a drug addict is addicted the drugs; having to constantly use the device almost twenty-four seven, of every day. The student could benefit greatly from unplugging from the technology device. The student could have more interaction with family, and family could have more quality time together. Just think, real face to face quality conversations with one another, instead of receiving a text or a snapchat. The family could hear about another’s day, instead of reading about how the day went. Parents could leave the job, punch out from work, and go home to their family, to spend time playing board games like the game of life, or monopoly and not the digital monopoly game. The parents would not have to worry about saying, “got to take this call, or need to answer this email, before tomorrow morning.” How many parents have been guilty of that quote? The moral to this is, more family time and less a lot less technology time for all members of the family. Sure, phones are equipped with GPS systems for emergencies, but is the GPS system more important than a family member? America, ready to get to know, and spend time with family members, before it’s too late? Because one day anyone of the family could die, and then that family will be left with a void, only to wish they could have spent more time with that family member. It is something to really stop and think about.
“There has been a study done, to show that people look at their phones every 6.5 seconds, to see if they have missed a call and they check their phones about 150 times a day (Spencer 2013).” Humans have become so dependent on their phones and other technology devices, that they are almost a part of the human body these days. What happened to broadening an individual’s mind, by reading a hardback or paperback novel? Reading a novel can increase the imagination, take one to anyplace in the world, just by reading. Reading can help with literacy issues in America as well. Reading can help with many things like, vocabulary, spelling, defining, broaden the learning of countries, towns, cities, and the world’s continents. Reading mysteries is good for thinking and putting elements together to find out who committed a crime. Not to mention, a good mystery is exciting material for young impressionable minds. Reading a novel is not only good for learning, but just a plain fun thing to do; to pass time when one gets bored after playing outside over the summer months. Ready to leave those devices at home? Unplugging for the summer months is a promising idea, it gives time for exercise, for family and for reading novels.
For literacy, family and most of all exercise for everyone in this world; unplugging for the summer months would be a very promising idea for society. Take time out to give nature’s gym a try. Take the time to get in tune with this earth, after all it is a beautiful place to look at with human eyes and not through a technology screen. While taking a shot at nature’s gym, comes spending time with family; like spending time with family in the mountains, taking hikes, or trailing on nature trails on mountain bikes. Those kinds of activities will give plenty of exercise the body needs and get the vitamin D the body requires for strong and healthy bones. That kind of exercise can also help with body mass indexing. After all the exercise and family quality time, instead of becoming bored; take in a novel for literacy (learning how to read) and passing the time. A novel is a clever way to broaden human’s minds to other places in the world.
Read a good mystery novel, for giving the brain a workout trying to figure out who committed the crime. Most people have not heard of alot authors. A good suggestion is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, his writing is very thrilling, suspenseful, along with other authors such as Charles Dickens, Stephen King, Agatha Christie, and many more. Authors like the ones mentioned can take a reader to other places in the world, or get a person to think about what or who comes next, is a great novel to read. Enjoy the summer while it is around, in three short months it will be gone until the next year; so, do not miss out on having fun, getting some exercise, and spending time with family by staying on the technology devices all the time, take a breather over the summer months.
Becker, Joshua. (2017). 7 Important Reasons to Unplug and Find Space, Article, Retrieved from www.becomingminimalist.com/unplug-please/
Louv, Richard. (2008). Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature- Deficit Disorder. Chapel Hill, N.C. Algonquin. Article, Retrieved from www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/mother-naturesquos-gym
Spencer, Ben. (2013). Mobile Users Can’t Leave Their Phone Alone for Six Minutes, Check Their Phones Up to 150 Times a Day. Article, Retrieved from www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276752Mobile-users-leave-phone-minutes- check-150-times-day.html
© 2017 L Hill