4 reasons why we need to switch off the technology and disconnect to reconnect

I do love technology and the changes it has made to my life. I can do lots of work from home and still be around for my kids. I can keep in contact with friends and family with very minimal effort. My kids benefit form the changes to learning and education. I have made great connections online that have resulted in great real life friendships. But. Sometimes I don’t like it so much. Sometimes it annoys me that it is another thing to nag about. It annoys me that it makes my kids grow up and see things before I want them to. It frustrates me that people can say things online they wouldn’t in real life. It makes me sad when I see people on it ALL the time.

So that is why I am going to Disconnect to Reconnect this Mothers Day weekend.

I need to make sure that myself and my kids get the balance right….or at least get a better balance.

Here are 4 reasons why I think we should all have a time to switch off and disconnect…….

Help with Time Limits

I have said it before and I will continue to nag it as my number one boundary to have regarding technology. Time limits are so important to help us all avoid so many different pitfalls. If we have time away and switch off all together, we are able to remind ourselves that we can get by without it. We can find other things to do and enjoy them too. We can connect with people on a different level. We can really be present.

Get in the trackies

Now I don’t wear trackies very often, and actually not in public unless I am participating in exercise. However I use the analogy of that feeling of getting home, taking off the heels, or the tight jeans and getting into something comfy and relaxing on the couch. That feeling of not caring who will see you means you can let it all hang out a bit. That’s how I think we need to feel with our online habits. When it comes to young people particularly, we know they feel ‘switched on’ socially all the time. They have to be present, ready for a selfie, ready to withstand the comments and feedback and friend requests and likes. Sometimes we all need a time to just ‘not care’ who is watching.

Find a new interest: its good to be bored

Last time I made my kids do this, my kids learnt how to play chess. They now have a great skill that they otherwise probably wouldn’t have had. If we are forced to look outside the square we may just find there are other pursuits waiting for us to explore. I could even pick up that guitar again…..

Remember the real life connections

Now I know the situation isn’t in such dire straits that our social skills are packing up and leaving us altogether!  It is important however, that we make ourselves truly present for each other. We need to sometimes remind ourselves to really listen. Not just mumbling an answer whilst you are in the middle of typing a blog post or answering an email. We need to take the time to listen and not just hear, and to look at each other without having one eye on a screen.

So wish me luck as we prepare to disconnect this weekend all in the name of charity and some fabulous personal benefits for the family as well.

If you haven’t done so already check out the Disconnect to Reconnect page on Facebook or go and sponsor me to raise money for disadvantaged kids to get the one on one attention they need.

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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Absolutely! I do this every now and then. I need to reconnect to life, real life. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our tiny computer screen and our peripheral vision is lost. Good luck and enjoy x

  2. Alicia

    I don’t know how people manage to have a conversation with somebody and surf the net at the same time. I feel rude when I do try to do it, I definitely turn off when I have guests so they have my attention. I did however have slowed internet for the first time in donkeys ages and I certainly felt as though my ‘online’ throat had been cut, I did survive though.

  3. Rhianna

    We just had a technology free weekend, it was awesome. Though we were out bush and had no choice as there was no coverage. It is certainly something that I want more of.

  4. Min@MinsMash

    I totally agree. Technology is great but if you don’t watch it – it eats up too much time and lends itself to neglect of important stuff. I also find it can be quite draining! I always try to have technology free days!!

  5. Robomum

    I really look forward to your feedback on this experience, particularly because you’ll still be surrounded by technology. I wonder if it will be difficult? If ‘something’ will be missing? I also wonder if it will be the cause of arguments? Make sure you tell us about it. X

  6. This is a great idea, and I intend to make sure we have no gadgets going this Sunday, in fact, maybe every Sunday, we can reclaim it as a family day! My big fear is that my kids will mimic my behaviour!

  7. EssentiallyJess

    I get what you mean about the get in your trackies comment. I had a few days off blogging last week just to get some stuff done and it was rather freeing. No pressure to read or comment or be overly overt on social media.
    Glad to be back now though 🙂

  8. BossyMummy

    I think it’s awesome to have tech free days and great to just enjoy life rather than filter it through a social media app 🙂

    Hello from #teamIBOT

  9. Kim @ Bachelormum

    Great idea … There has to be a balance. I really love my face to face time with friends and I hope that I role model these friendships to my daughter who hasnt quite cottoned on to technology yet. I insisted google today as part of work. I suggested they follow up a few mama bloggers like yrself to share some of their cool apps to help,other parents x

  10. Catherine

    Disconnect to Reconnect sounds like a great idea. Thank you for sharing this great post. I hope that you have a lovely family weekend. Have fun with the board games 🙂

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