Have you ever noticed when you walk into a social gathering and it seems everyone in the room is staring downwards, scrolling through their phones? Have you ever looked around in a restaurant or bar and noticed couples, or groups of people interacting with their phones instead of each other?
The average American spends 24 hours a week online. That’s an entire day spent browsing, scrolling, gaming, emailing, etc. each and every week. For teenagers, the time spent online increases up to 9 hours every single day! Studies show that some mobile device owners check their devices every 6.5 minutes. And many US consumers report using their mobile device as a second screen while in front of their television.
We don’t need statistics to tell us we are addicted to technology… Just ask yourself when the last time you powered off all your devices was? There is nothing wrong with staying connected and using technology to make your lives, jobs, networking, etc. much easier. Technology can be extremely useful in everyday life, and with responsible use, it can change lives for the better. However, it is important to recognize our own dependence on our devices and when it’s appropriate to use the off switch.
Disconnecting from technology can have many benefits. When you power down all of your devices, you are able to ground yourself, mentally recharge, overcome stress and live in the moment. And….the literature is filled with research about the value of being in nature to do that grounding, recharging, overcoming stress and living in the moment.
As part of our core values and mission here at Clearwater, we pride ourselves on being a place to disconnect and rejuvenate in the power of nature. Clearwater is a place where, when you unplug, you find yourself having unfiltered conversations and enriching interactions with real human beings. You develop friendships and bonds with the people you are surrounded by, and share real emotions, not just “likes”.
Unplugging teaches us the importance of solitude. With true solitude, we find stillness and space to reflect, evaluate our lives and listen to our hearts. Clearwater Forest has acres of space to find solitude and stillness.
Disconnecting helps remove unnecessary feelings of envy, jealousy and loneliness. Social media provides opportunity for envy in every aspect, but unplugging gives us a chance to reset and remind ourselves of all the things we have in our lives to be grateful for.
Choose creation over consumption. Technology can be used to create, but more often than not it’s being used to consume. Power down and begin creating, and contributing to the betterment of the world around you. Give your life more fulfillment, meaning, purpose and value by giving yourself time to disconnect in God’s woods and waters at Clearwater Forest.