We are connected to our devices like never before. We are on computers most of the day. We have phones in our pockets. Our watches receive notifications from our phones. We are definitely a connected community. With that being said, we are constantly bombarded with notifications on our phones and devices. I thought it would be interesting to see how many notifications I receive on my phone in one day. Keep in mind that I have turned off many notifications so that only "important" ones come through and my phone automatically switches to Do Not Disturb mode at night. Yesterday, my phone had 205 notifications throughout the day. This morning, I had 40 before I even made it to my office. This is a combination of email (personal and work), social media, text messages, etc. We are living in a world where information is constantly being thrown at us. Our pocket is buzzing as well as our wrists. These notifications have been shown to increase anxiety (Click HERE to check out an article).
You have to take time for self care. While technology can make life easier, you also need time to unplug. You don't need constant notifications and it is okay for things to wait. You don't need to respond to all of the emails that you receive after work. They can wait. Our digitally connected society has created an always available mentality and it is not healthy. Take time to unplug. I don't know what that means for you. For me, I love to get out in nature away from everything. Take time to disconnect and recharge.
Andrew Nation, M.Ed.
Instructional Technology Specialist
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Please encourage students to take care of their devices. With as much use as the Surfaces are receiving, it is vital to have them in class everyday and have them working. If you click the photos below, then you can access the PDF version of the poster from Common Sense Media.