Should you live your life unplugged?

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CCC students give an example of cell phone posture.

By PAMELA CARTY
Staff Writer

Being addicted to technology, more specifically to your cellphone, and being constantly plugged into social media can be extremely harmful to your well-being.Technology addiction can have negative effects on your mental, physical, and social health, and by cutting back and occasionally unplugging from the endless stream of information, you can improve your life in a multitude of ways.

The constant distraction of being connected to social media interferes with actual socialization. Have you ever gone out to a party and watched people around you stare at their phones? The irony of this situation is real. The purpose of a party is to mix and mingle, to meet people and to enjoy the many aspects of socialization. Often times, people are so busy posting pictures on their Instagram or Facebook profiles, showing their followers what a “good time” they are having, that they are actually missing out on having a good time. Having a conversation with a person who is endlessly checking their phone, is infuriating and makes the offender look extremely rude. Do not be “that guy.”

Human beings need to have face to face interactions, we need interpersonal exposure to understand and connect to other people. Next time you are at a party, or any social situation, do your best to connect and have conversations with those around you. If you feel the need to announce your experiences, you can always post them later when you are alone but keep in mind, the new cultural need to document our every thought and encounter is making us really boring and annoying people. Constantly checking your smartphone for texts, messages, e-mail, your bank account balance, the score to the football game, your ex’s Facebook status, and to see if anyone retweeted your super funny tweet, is bad for you. Living in the moment and appreciating the people and experiences we have in our lives is far more rewarding than living though social media.

Your body’s posture when you are looking at your cell phone is unhealthy, according to the article “OMG, you’re texting your way to back pain” by By Jessica Firger from http://www.cbsnews.com, “People spend an average of 2 to 4 hours each day with their neck bent at an unnatural angle while shooting off emails or texts. That’s 700 to 1,400 hours a year. The success of social media has led to an epidemic of bad smartphone posture”. It is important to be mindful of your posture, especially when using technology, just reducing the amount of time you are hunched over your phone can help reduce any long term effects, or even better, put your phone down and get outside and take a walk with a friend.

Online socialization has a dark side. Cyberbullying and trolling are everywhere and are effective at upsetting and hurting people. The anonymous aspect of social media allows people to strike out with having to face their targets, giving them the sense that they won’t be caught or punished for their actions. Since the people who are out there doing their best to ruin someone’s day, find satisfaction in knowing that they did. The best way to deal with it, is to totally ignore their messages, tweets and posts. Resist the urge to reply to the haters, do not log on or respond, or even read their post, in other words, don’t feed the trolls. Living your life fully and happily is the best revenge you can have.

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