Wednesday, November 13th

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by Melissa Jones

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 9:26 AM

 

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Thanksgiving Digital Detox

 

Don’t ruin your holiday with a digital addiction.

Are you addicted?

Can't let an email or text pass you by without responding to it?

Constantly checking messages?

Always monitoring different websites?

Is your phone in your hand or pocket at all times?

Do you text more than talk to loved ones?

Can you a have a tech-free conversation with anyone?

Do you stare at the screen more than you look at other people?

 

Thanksgiving is a great time to detox.  If you are with family, be intentional about spending time talking to them face to face.

 

Tips

Set hours at your home that are tech-free and plan events that bring everyone together.

Ban all devices from the dinner table.

Monitor the amount of time that young people spend on devices so they do not become consumed.

Place a value on human interaction- plan activities that bring the family together face to face.

 

There are withdrawal symptoms- boredom, anxiety and confusion. To remedy- to outside, go for a walk, exercise, talk to someone face to face, engage with the others.

 

If you are not with family this year, use your time to help those who are hurting this year and volunteer at a shelter, and leave your device at home

 

 

Digital Detox

We are more connected now than ever before- but at what cost?

Studies show that the mere sight of a smartphone limits how humans interact--impeding the development of "interpersonal closeness and trust" and leading people to feel less "empathy and understanding from their partners."

According to Time magazine

68 percent of users take their devices to bed with them,

20 percent check their phones every 10 minutes, and one third report feeling anxious when briefly separated from their beloved gadget.

 

Employers should encourage employees to enjoy vacations or sabbaticals and turn off the phones in order to spend time with their friends and family. By doing so, companies will welcome back employees who are refreshed and ready to dive into their work with renewed enthusiasm.

 

Are you addicted?

Can't let an email or text pass you by without responding to it?

Constantly checking messages?

Always monitoring different websites?

Is your phone in your hand or pocket at all times?

Do you text more than talk to loved ones?

Can you a have a tech-free conversation with anyone?

Do you stare at the screen more than you look at other people?

 

Tips

Reduce your anxiety by convincing yourself that the world is not going to end if you do not check emails, or respond on FB.

Set hours at your home that are tech-free and plan events that bring everyone together.

Ban all devices from the dinner table.

Monitor the amount of time that young people spend on devices so they do not become consumed.

Place a value on human interaction.

There is an APP for this- it disables Android phones

There are withdrawal symptoms- boredom, anxiety and confusion. To remedy- to outside, go for a walk, exercise, talk to someone face to face, engage with the world.

 

 

For  family politics-

Decide in advance who is cooking what. Make assignments. And if there is conflict/competition over the assignments- rotate them annually.

About the TV-  have two rooms set aside for TV watching, one for the game and the other for the parade, or a good Lifetime movie.

Also consider setting up some outside fun and games for everyone, or perhaps a long, family walk. 

 

 

JFK AIR FORCE ONE EXHIBIT/FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM

 

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The JFK Air Force One Exhibit runs through October 24th

 

 

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1-855-356-2258

 

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