We live in an always-on world. I've spent my career in an always-on field. And - confession time - I am starting to get tired of always being on, especially with so much negative news coming from all sides.Now, maybe I just need a vacation, but I think it's more than that. I think it's my phone's fault.A gradual switchI got my first Smartphone relatively late in life and was fairly slow to adopt. For a time after upgrading, it was still primarily a phone to me - well, a phone plus calculator and flashlight. I still preferred to use my laptop or desktop for reading or any kind of media consumption.But, over time, that began to change. A few years ago, I retired my digital camera after getting an iPhone 6 and realizing the photos it captured were as good, and print-worthy, as those from my digicam. I became a full-time iPhoneographer and that phone hasn't left my hand since.A long-time book nerd and avid reader, I switched to the Kindle around 2009 when I was pregnant. Soon after, I realized I could read books on my iPhone via the Kindle app - and that's when my nighttime phone habits started.Within the past few years, I've begun to do more emailing, social media-ing and calendar scheduling from my iPhone. And, I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but my TV and movie watching switched from the usual places (TV in the living room or computer screen in my home office) to the small screen in my hand. Yes, I now practically sleep with my iPhone.It's all too much. Way too much. All this connection time isn't good for our mental health - and it's not physically healthy for us, either. According to The New York Times, the iPhone can ruin both your posture and your mood.Here are five benefits of disconnecting from our phones in a meaningful and purposeful way.
We use our smartphones for many valid, valuable purposes - but we use them too much. What are your thoughts on putting strategies in place to purposefully disconnect? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or over on Facebook.