Technology Zombies

This post was inspired by Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington who encourages everyone to sleep their way to the top. Join From Left to Write on May 1 we discuss Thrive. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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As a blogger I skate a fine line between being connected and being a technology zombie. And quite frankly I don’t want to be a zombie.

You know what I am talking about right? I am sure if you look around where you are right now you will see the technology zombies. They are the people who are fully concentrated on their electronic devices to the point that they are not aware of the world around them. They are the ones who are out to dinner with loved ones but are so focused on their devices that they don’t even enjoy the dinner or the company. They are the ones who are crossing the street while texting; completely unaware of the danger that they are putting themselves in.

And these zombies are everywhere and at one point or another we have all probably been one of the zombies. (I will admit that I almost walked into a light pole while I was texting. Eesh!)

So I guess you can say that we do have a zombie apocalypse to worry about. But luckily we have a lot of control over if we get infected or not.

Lately I have been trying to be more mindful about my technology usage. I am certainly not perfect at it but I have definitely been putting forth the effort.

Here is what I have been doing to keep from being a technology zombie:

1. Setting Parameters - I have created parameters for when I can and can not be on my devices. For example, once I get home from work it is a no-no until B goes to bed. This way I can give him my undivided attention and enjoy our time together.

2. Be Present - I try to focus on the here and now and by doing so I can be more mindful about deciding if it is an appropriate time to be on a device.

3. Bedtime Boundaries - I try not to use any devices right before bed because they keep me stimulated and I am not able to fall asleep as quickly. Instead, I read a book, like the one that inspired this post! I also put my phone face down on my nightstand so that I am not tempted to see what the blinking light on my phone is trying to get me to look at.

So how about you? Are you a technology zombie or have you been one?

What are you doing to prevent from being infected?

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