Thursday, May 1, 2014

Even in a 24/7 connected world, it’s OK to disconnect


By: Angela Raleigh, Senior Account Executive, Leonard & Finco Public Relations, Inc.

Smartphones and tablets have made it easier to be connected 24/7. Whether for personal or business use, we keep our mobile devices on all the time.

While being connected 24/7 and having the latest apps may seem like a convenience for just about anyone, it's important to remember that it's OK to put down your phone and live in the moment.

Think about the last time you were out in public and looked around. How many people were staring down at a smartphone, tablet or some other mobile device? Or think about how many times a day you turn to your phone to check the time, read texts and emails or log in to update a Facebook status or tweet out the latest information? Probably more than you think because it's become second nature to check our phones during conversations, meetings and even at the dinner table.

Smartphones do provide quick, easy access to information and fit into our back pocket. But as society becomes more dependent on being connected there is a higher expectation to always be available and to respond instantly, which isn't always possible.
 

Remember, it's OK to step back and disconnect. Maybe you let a phone call go to voice mail or stop looking at emails and social networks after a certain time at night. No matter what you choose to do to disconnect, it's good for your own sanity so you can recharge and be ready to perform your best.
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