These days, it’s remarkably easy to spend virtually every waking minute staring at one screen or another – especially if you have a job that involves you sitting at a computer.
A few reasons to get away from screens on a regular basis.
While there are absolutely a huge number of benefits to the devices we have access to these days, ranging from communication with loved ones, to gripping entertainment options, there’s also plenty of reason to think that getting away from all of the screens on a regular basis is essential for achieving proper balance.
Whether you’re thinking about contacting pole barn builders to help you set up your own small farm or homesteading project, or whether you might just be open to going for more walks, here are a few reasons to get away from screens on a regular basis.
Because too much screen time can get you stuck in detrimental feedback loops
When you are staring at screens all the time, you lack in-person contact with the external world, in the way you would get if you were out and about, meeting and interacting with people, walking around and seeing and doing things directly.
Instead, screens – whether the TV or a computer – can end up getting you stuck in feedback loops where the “information” you take in is very constrained, and will often be artificially managed and processed.
The result is that you end up with a warped sense of the outside world, and can end up obsessing over particular counterproductive or detrimental ideas, or getting incorrect impressions of people, because of the way things are presented through the medium in question.
Because you need to break the habit of passivity and rumination
Spending too much time in front of a screen can train you into the habit of being passive, in a broad sense.
It’s just easier – and in many cases more directly thrilling and engaging – to play video games, or to watch high-octane films, than it is to leave your house, engage in your own personal adventures, and learn lessons along the way.
But getting too caught up into this way of being means that you can more or less entirely fall out of the habit of actually getting things done in your own life, itself.
Passivity – and excess of rumination, i.e. being stuck in your own head mulling over negative thoughts – isn’t the way to live a fulfilled life.
Because the experience of life can’t be swapped out for a depiction of it
Life, and the world at large, are incredible, multifaceted, and impossible to replace with a depiction or representation that comes to you through your TV, or via the Internet.
Spending too much time in front of a screen, however, really can trick you into feeling as though you are not missing out on anything. After all, if you see beautiful helicopter shots of soaring mountain peaks, isn’t that even better than actually visiting those mountains in person? For one thing, you don’t have to do any work.
Even worse, you can end up desensitizing yourself to the wonders of the world at large, because the depictions “feel different” to the experience, and are often more immediately “exciting.”
But the fact is that no depiction can ever be as rich, deep, and rewarding as life itself. You need to get out there and experience things for real.