Longing for a Simpler, Unplugged Life in 2017

I find myself longing for a simpler life in 2017. I think the elections pushed me over the edge. I was drawn in by all the drama . I had to check in several times a day to see which candidate might be ahead. I needed to know what my Facebook friends were saying and who they were backing. Unfortunately, I didn’t like what I saw and it totally stressed me out, but it was like an addiction, I had to look.

After the elections, I was so depressed and stressed. I wanted to throw away all my high-tech devices and return to a simpler time of flip phone, books, desktop or laptop computers and cable and network TV.  I long for the day when I didn’t have a Facebook page or a Twitter feed. How did we get sucked into all these distractions? I wanna go back to a phone bill that isn’t as high as a car payment. 

Don’t get me wrong, there are many things I love about technology and social media, I just need to find a healthy balance and I don’t think I’m the only one. I think we as a society need to learn to set personal limits on screen time. 

I already started setting limits by deleting the Facebook App from my phone and iPad. I can still access it from my computer, but that requires me to be home, in the same room and in front of the computer. I have other social media accounts but I don’t use them much other than for work and I don’t have a problem staying off of them when I’m done with my work day.

My next step to simplifying my life is to limit news time and checking my email less often. I think I might have to pick certain times in the day when I just unplug everything and sit in silence. 

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