This past Friday was “National Day of Unplugging!” I actually went to a Hallmark store to find greeting cards to send to my friends to celebrate but the only ones I could find were online. How ironic.
I saw an article from a Pittsburgh TV station that defined this special day as one where we were to disconnect from our devices and observe our surroundings. I really tried. My usual 50+ phone calls a day dwindled to 30 and I let the others go to voicemail. Does that count?
I reflected on why it was so hard to disconnect. I believe it’s because most of us are so connected, that turning a blind eye feels next to impossible with our daily grind. Our connection to our electronic devices is as innate as brushing our teeth and combing our hair. It’s what we do every day! But I think all of us would agree that our “connectedness” is excessive.
Those following the “too much connection “ phenomena say that too much screen time can cause a lack of sleep, mood swings controlled by the electronic input, and weight gain, just to name a few. What is worrisome is that teenagers and those younger are more connected than some adults. Yet staying connected is not all bad. Many of us use our electronic devices to check on family and friends throughout the day. There really is no greater calling.
I would ask you to make a conscious effort, particularly on the weekends, to unplug. It reminds me of rebooting your computer because when it comes back on it’s refreshed! So with spring in the air let’s trade the screen time for some green time and head outside!
Now on to the latest news from the property insurance market scene and the legislature, plus some interesting economic news.