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Loneliness: More Dangerous Than We Thought

Loneliness: More Dangerous Than We Thought | Unplug | Scoop.it
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Our continuous infatuation with social media has been said to cause more loneliness.  We've also learned that "loneliness is an equal-opportunity emotion".  It can affect people regardless of whether they are in a real relationship or not. 


But can loneliness actually kill you? 


According to recent research, loneliness is not only extremely toxic to the body; it can "increase an older person's chance of premature death by 14%". 

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Freelance Writers Need to Unplug Too!

Freelance Writers Need to Unplug Too! | Unplug | Scoop.it
By Tiffany Howard. I don’t know about you, but as a freelance writer, I’m certainly guilty of spending too much time online. This isn’t new. I first discov
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As a freelance writer, Tiffany Howard reminds herself of the "importance of unplugging, going outside and spending time in the offline world."

 

So peel yourself away from the screen to find inspiration; enhance your physical well-being; and create an opportunity to collaborate with friends and colleagues. 

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Terence's curator insight, November 5, 2014 5:51 AM

Too true.

 

And so easy to justify time online -- research,  you know. 

 

However, when I do unplug and hit the gym, take a long walk, or otherwise 'get away', I find myself so revitalized.

 

This headline takes front and center space on my corkboard right above my monitor.

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Charles Darwin Doesn't Want You to #UNPLUG

Charles Darwin Doesn't Want You to #UNPLUG | Unplug | Scoop.it
If you’re like most Americans, you probably spent most of the long Fourth of July weekend hanging out at a family BBQ, watching baseball, enjoying the fireworks and… obsessively checking your digital devices for the latest news from your friends, followers and assorted other virtual acquaintances ...
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Is it possible that the overuse of smartphones, laptops, pads and tablets could be good for you?

 

No...unless you take a "survival of the fittest" view of the world.  If so, to UNPLUG "may be one of the most dangerous ideas" you've ever considered.

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Signs You Need To Unplug

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Are you attached to your digital devices? If the thought of being disconnected makes you sweat, you're not alone.
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The American population is attached to its digital devices.  Are you one of them?


This Third Metric blog shares 19 signs that it's time to unplug.  Here are just a few:


  1. You experience Phone Panic
  2. You have no idea how to get to basic locations without Google Maps
  3. Your device has a spot next to your pillow
  4. LOL and hashtag are part of your vocabulary
  5. You text someone who is in the same room
  6. When you go to the bathroom, so does your phone
  7. You Instagram more food than you eat
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5 Steps to Setting Boundaries with Your Devices

5 Steps to Setting Boundaries with Your Devices | Unplug | Scoop.it
If you're adept at thumbing an iPhone in one hand and Blackberry in the other like a gunslinger in the Old West, time to take steps to wean yourself off tech.
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It's "time to take steps to wean yourself off tech."  Here are 5 great suggestions from Ellen Lee of CNBC.com:


  1. Tell time the old fashioned way.  Wear a watch.  Get a non-digital clock. (Do they even exist any more?)
  2. No more smartphones in the bathroom.  Seriously!
  3. Schedule a tech break each and every day.  Just do it!
  4. Disable notifications.  No more buzzes, bells or beeps.
  5. Give SnapChat a rest and carry a journal to record some of your experiences.
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The Nine Ways of Knowing: Unplugged: The World Beyond Your Screens

The Nine Ways of Knowing: Unplugged: The World Beyond Your Screens | Unplug | Scoop.it
Feel like you're always staring at a screen? It's time to unplug.
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The student population on most college campuses today are completely absorbed in technology.

 

With this comes a rapidly growing concern that machines are taking over our daily lives "and we're losing touch with the real world."

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Aren't Libraries Obsolete?

Aren't Libraries Obsolete? | Unplug | Scoop.it
Google and I began working together in September of 1998. As a newly minted librarian, I was enthralled with my new colleague, a precocious newborn. Its clean interface was so refreshing! As an infant, Google made my work life easier in so many ways, as it still does for all of us. Google hits milestone after developmental milestone, and our working relationship in the library continues to evolve. For the past 15-plus years, Google and I have had another workplace companion, however. This one is also a product of the digital world and is just as omnipresent as Google. Our stubborn associate’s most distinguishing feature is that it hasn’t changed much from its original incarnation. It remains The Question: “Aren’t libraries obsolete?” The American Library Association is still kicking, but
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According to Katrine Watkins, a school librarian in Pennsylvania, the digital world along with less financial support and cuts in education funding have "done serious harm to school library services" in PA and across the country.

 

But to the question: "Aren't libraries obsolete?" Her answer remains a resounding "No"! 

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10 Ways to Recharge

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Moving to the next chapter in our life, whether it's a new relationship, new job, new home, or new body, can be an exciting time. The problem is that most of us still have a lot of “stuff” we’re thinking about from the past that can hold us back from the future we deserve. Before we can move on, it’s good to have a “reset” so that we’re ready for what lies ahead. Here are ten ways to recharge your mind, body and spirit so you can go into your next chapter relaxed, renewed and ready to make it your best one yet. 10 Ways to Recharge Your Mind, Body and Spirit 1. Be Honest You don’t owe anyone a lie. Clear your mind by being honest. Allow honest thoughts and communications to naturally flow in and out. Carrying the burden of keeping up with lies is not a healthy way to live nor does it attract healthy people. 2. Know Your Limits Don’t take on more than you can handle only to complain about it later. Knowing your limitations will help you with [...]
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As you move to the next chapter of your life, are you still stuck in stuff from the past, holding you back from the future you desire? Here are 10 ways to recharge your mind, body and spirit.

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Survive a Crisis - High Vibration Intact

Survive a Crisis - High Vibration Intact | Unplug | Scoop.it
I give you tips to attract what you want into your life. I remind you that joy is at your fingertips. And I give you all the proof from experiences in my own life—because some of it is surreal, and some of it really does feel like magic.
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Tradegy happens.

 

Everyone deals with crisis in their own way.  In this blog, Michelle Dobbins shares her views about how to survive a crisis with your high vibration intact:

 

  1. Be with it; do not pretend it didn't happen
  2. Start to shift it; make a conscious decision to feel some joy
  3. Accept the gifts and move on
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Mindfulness & Positivity for Dummies

Mindfulness & Positivity for Dummies | Unplug | Scoop.it
The latest wellbeing theory from the founder of the positive psychology movement, Dr. Martin Seligman, consists of five elements, summarized by the mnemonic PERMA. Dr.
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Positive Psychologist, Dr. Martin Seligman, states that wellbeing consists of five elements:

 

  1. Positive Emotion
  2. Engagement
  3. Relationships
  4. Meaning
  5. Accomplishment
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Secrets and Grace

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Can we remove our distractions -- those rocks of Life -- in order to discover the secrets we find when we take time to breathe?

 

This lovely post tells the story of how one family rediscovered those secrets and found Grace in the process.

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Your Family Deserves the Same Attention as Your Smartphone

Your Family Deserves the Same Attention as  Your Smartphone | Unplug | Scoop.it
This picture right here was my tipping point.  Right before I snapped this shot I told Delaney, I wasn't going to work AT ALL that day - no phone, no computer - just us.  And this was her reaction....
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Imagine that big smile on the face of your little girl when you tell her you're not going to work that day, but instead spend time with her.

 

Sometimes you need to unplug.  This mommy shares her story...

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Give Gratitude. Your Brain Will Thank You!

Give Gratitude.  Your Brain Will Thank You! | Unplug | Scoop.it
The emerging science of positive attitudes like gratitude and appreciation leaves little doubt that giving thanks is good for you and good for those around you.  So what are you waiting for?  Also see:  5 Ways to Keep the Gratitude
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Gratitude is contagious!

 

Whether we are conscious of it or not, "the heart radiates an electromagnetic field", affecting yours and others' moods, attitudes and feelings.

 

 

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The Joys & Challenges of Unplugging

The Joys & Challenges of Unplugging | Unplug | Scoop.it
Choosing to temporarily turn off our devices disconnects us from our habits of overstimulation, which for some has become a powerful addiction that consumes waking hours and distracts us from being involved in whatever is happening in the present moment.
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Informed.  Entertained.  Connected.


Overwhelmed.  Distracted.  Exhausted.


Your digital devices bring you pleasure.  Your digital devices bring you distress.  And freeing yourself "from sensory overload involves the difficult but rewarding practice of unplugging." 


BUT HOW????  This blog shares some great and practical ways to unplug.

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Digital Attention Disorder

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"The vast majority of the American population is mildly addicted to technology"
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Are kids today just born addicted to the Internet? You've probably "seen the ease at which a toddler can operate an iPhone." 


Research shows that an overwhelming number of the American population is mildly addicted to technology.  And it begins with our children.  The cost for treating this addiction with the help of a professional?  "Just under $20,000." 


Seems to me we could make a personal commitment to ourselves and learn how to be more mindful about balancing online time with real life activities by simply turning off the smartphones, tablets and computers for a brief period of time each day.  The added benefit:  It's FREE!

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A Digital Detox Test

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When you commit to disconnecting, you wean yourself off the dopamine rush of external affirmation and information.
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Inspired by Ariana Huffington, Cindi Leive and Mika Brzezinski, book author and writer for the NYT, Teddy Wayne, decided to unplug for one week in January. 

 

Taking cues from Maite Baron, founder of The Corporate Escape, Mr. Wayne shares his experience and views about the "uproar over our supposedly out-of-control Internet and phone addictions."

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Three Different Kinds of Happy

Three Different Kinds of Happy | Unplug | Scoop.it
Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.
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Happiness.  A pursuit?  A journey?  Or a destination?  You decide.

 

In the meantime, SMILE... and read about the habits of supremely happy people via The Third Metric.

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The Secret? Focus On One Thing.

The Secret? Focus On One Thing. | Unplug | Scoop.it
How should you start off 2014? Focus on one thing.
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We feel overwhelmed.  We are inundated with information. Because of the daily flow of data, ideas and knowledge, it’s easy to pile everything onto our To Do list.

 

No one can do everything perfectly every day, "This kind of approach to life has us focused on failing instead of succeeding. We are focused outward instead of inward".

 

The remedy might feel counterintuitive: Focus on one thing and do it well.  Choose the one thing that you know if you did it, it would make you proud.

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Five Steps to a Happier You!

Five Steps to a Happier You! | Unplug | Scoop.it
Do you wish to be happier? Doesn't everyone want to be happier? Nobody is happy all of the time but some people are happier than others. If you're happy it makes life better and you have better relationships with people; it changes your...
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We all want to be happier, right?  Here...5 steps for a more cheerful YOU!

 

  1. Be optimistic
  2. Smile
  3. Listen to your favorite music
  4. Stay close to uplifting friends and family
  5. Be happy with yourself

 

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