Unplug and Reboot

by Patrick Jessup

How often do you unplug? And I mean, from your phone too! Impossible, you say? No, it's not. Trust me, the world will go on without you, things will not fall apart if you step back for a few hours or a few days. If you have not done it in a while, you may need it more than you know. Consider this, from one of my favorite haunts: "When a study was done with college students that asked them to abstain from consuming any media for 24 hours and then write about the experience, many described their attachment to their phones and computers as an addiction, and recorded that going without their devices made them feel restless, bored, anxious, lonely, and isolated. Many missed their music and found it hard to focus without it; the quiet was deafening." Not only is this psychologically unhealthy, but it may be doing damage to your body (e.g., disrupting your sleep patterns). The McKay's go on to lay out a plan for a Tech Sabbath, I think it's a good idea, and one I'm working toward implementing (albeit in degrees).

I'm posting this thought today because next week I will be enjoying the beauty of God's creation, specifically the BWCAW (Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness). I look forward to it every year, not just for the experience and the challenge, but for the refreshment and rejuvenation that I always experience from being "off the grid." Literally, a cell phone is worthless, and after the first day, I forget that I don't have it. Happens every year. And guess what, when I emerge from the wilderness, nothing of import has changed. ;-) Unplug for a bit, it's worth it.