Friday, 3 March 2017

Disconnect awhile - 5 alternatives

 The need to be away from the constant onslaught of media in a wide variety of forms sometimes makes you ponder. To think about the depth to which we all have been taken over by technology.

1. Pause the yearning for acceptance... 
Many a social networking sites have created an entirely different world aloof from the real world. The one where all of us have a presence and a virtual persona. The earlier you are hooked on to a social media platform the more you feel the need to be accepted. The reactions, likes, +1s all of them adding to our own little box of happiness. To feel acknowledged. The solution lies in realising that our real personalities matter much more than our online presence and the fame we gather there.

2. Choose your feed wisely..

It is all but inevitable to have a presence online on some form of media in the least. To choose who you follow and the pages you like goes a long way in harming or helping you. The feed which we scroll through leaves subtle impressions on our mind and somehow affect our mood too. To have a not just a happy feed but one which enriches you by imparting knowledge could be a good alternative. After all we are what we let into our lives.

3. Loosing out on the present moment.. hold on..

The scroll goes on forever. There's always one or the other video, or a meme to 'rofl' at, there's always a newer snap story to follow.. The stories simply don't end. In the process we let go of this very moment. This moment which once lost is lost forever. The time you have in your hand is never coming back, hence making it all the more important to spend it wisely. And sure wouldn't we know how east is it to lose track of time.

4. Switch it off.. 

The fear of losing on catching up more often than not pushes many to be hooked onto the network. 'What if I miss out?' is always the question. For these are times when you need to follow popular trends. Engrossed into our smart phones trying their best to keep us there. The first thing we end up doing when we wake up every morning is check into this maze of virtual connections. Choose to switch off the data for a while. For a moment to let go of the fear of losing out. To realise that it is all right to be out of the circuit for a while. To choose to be on your own.

5. Explore other avenues.. Pursue a hobby..

Remember the times when we had to write essays on 'My favourite hobby'. With the virtual lives we lead, the word hobby has lost its importance on us. The passion associated with pursuing a hobby has somewhere been lost in this crazy paced life. Take time out to know yourself better. To simply sit by a veranda and smile. To learn a thing you were unaware of. It is just a matter of time before you already won't feel that you are missing out on the social network. Time yourself. Give yourself a break from this onslaught. It helps for sure.

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