Awareness: Importance of Unplugging and Unwinding

As much as I hate to admit it, there is hardly a minute in my day where I’m not using some form of technology. My phone is glued to my hand almost all day and when I’m not on my phone, I’m using a computer. Being the nosey person that I am, I am always scrolling through social media and find myself looking through the same 4 apps every time I unlock my phone. 


    Most of you are probably the same way. There’s an odd need nowadays to always be checking up on what other people are doing. Whether you’re texting a friend or scrolling through your Twitter feed, you find it necessary to always keep in touch with what others are doing, as if you’ll miss something important if you don’t like their picture or favorite their tweet as soon as they post it.


    Now this is the part of the post where I start to sound like a parent and advise you about the necessity of unplugging and unwinding. I know, I know, who would even think of turning off their phones when there’s Pokemon to catch and subtweets to be perfectly crafted?! It’s also a little hypocritical of me to tell you that considering I’m writing and sharing a post that you’ll need to be on a phone or computer to read. Sorry.


    But honestly, with only about a month and a half left before school starts again, now is the perfect time to unplug and unwind. Whether you’re spending these next few weeks going on vacation or even just staying at home, enjoy the time you have with the people around you. Enjoy the experiences as they’re happening instead of trying to catch the perfect video to post to your Snapchat story.


    Last week, I went to the happiest place on earth, Walt Disney World, with my family to celebrate the Fourth of July. Although the heat was killer and there were crowds everywhere, the one thing that stuck out to me the most was how many people spent their whole days on their phones. I understand that you want to take pictures and that Disney also operates a system called My Disney Experience where you can make ride and dinner reservations through an app on your phone, but there’s no need to be looking at a phone screen all day long when so many things are happening around you. There were families that would all be staring at their phones when they were waiting for their food to be served at dinner, not talking to each other at all. Some people would even walk right into you, not paying attention to where they were going because they needed to send a text and stare at their phones.


    Enough is enough. By being glued to your phone or computer 24/7, you are missing out on so much around you. Put down your phone and actually talk to the people around you. Ask them how their day was and really pay attention to what they have to say. Eat dinner with your family or friends. Make plans and spend the day exploring somewhere new or even your own hometown. Enjoy the summer while it’s still here so you can look back at those memories when you’re stressing out over homework and tests. You’ll be okay if you spend a few hours away from Twitter and Instagram, trust me. Not everything you do this summer has to be shared on social media.

Mika Matias