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What We Could Be Doing Instead of Staring at Our Smart Devices

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Here are some of the productive things we could be doing instead of playing around with our devices.

In this day and age, it can feel like we are inseparable from our devices. While in general, most of them assist us with our communication, our research, our news gathering, our downtime.  However, the more time that we spend scrolling through social media, watching videos, and playing mobile games, the less time that we have to do more productive activities. Instead of frivolously involving precious hours of our lives fooling around with our devices, we’d like to invite you to take a pause and join us with these activities instead.

  • Reading More

Instead of spending hours a day on our electronic devices, we could challenge ourselves to read more this year, and not on a digital platform. Reading is a great way to unwind and engage our brains in a productive manner.  Additionally, studies suggest that reading could have other health benefits as well.  A study by the Yale School of Public Health showed that adults who read for three and a half hours a week enjoyed a longer lifespan than those who did not.  Reading can also expose us to other ways of thinking, to discover the world, to involve our imaginations, and to increase our vocabularies.

  • Explore a New Hobby

Rather than scrolling through our various social media accounts, we could put down our phones and try out a new hobby.  By learning new skills, we can likely prevent age-related cognitive decline. Additionally, adopting a new hobby is also a great way to relax and challenge ourselves in a more meaningful way.

  • Reconnect with Loved Ones

In today’s digital age, our personal relationships may fall by the wayside.  Rather than letting our friendships and family relationships get neglected, let’s shut off our phones and start spending more quality time with our loved ones.  When we put more effort into our real-life relationships, research suggests that we mayfeel more connected, and it can actually lower our risk for depression and other mental health issues.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we unplug from our phones.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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