Planning a weekend camping get away often means that we have the desire to leave the hustle and bustle of the city. We want to unplug, rid ourselves of our technology addictions and forget the week of meetings, the traffic, and the constant bombardment of our social lives. According to Pew Research Center, 24% of cell owners say that the worst thing about cell ownership is that they are constantly available and can be reached at any time, and yet in the same research, 44% of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss any calls, text messages, or other updates during the night. Unplugging for that camping escape can give you the well-rested get away experience that you need.
· Be more sociable
It has become a joke in America that people sit around the dinner table, within arm’s reach of one another, not talking to each other, while busily texting away to some other person (sometimes in the same room!) about how nobody is talking to one another. The truth is, science has proven that mobile technology is causing users to become more anti-social. According to studies by the University of Maryland, constant social connection through the use of mobile devices causes a person to become less charitable, and less apt to interact with the people around them because their need for social behavior has been fulfilled.
· Sleep better
Studies conducted by many universities and research teams have proven that technology is associated with sleep disorders. Staring at that little screen late at night reduces the body’s sleep hormone serotonin levels for up to two hours after use. Light induced and bioelectrical magnetic changes occur within the user’s body, causing chemical reactions that alter brain function, and ultimately cause a lack of that well needed sleep.
· Take charge of your time
The average American spends nearly three hours a day attached to their cell phone. A quick check-in on Facebook, a few games of Candy Crush, keeping tabs on the office email, and browsing a favorite site or two can easily erase half an hour of a camper’s time. Over a weekend, that’s at least 6 hours spent going back home digitally, while trying to get away to the campground. Can you say addicted to technology?
Time at the cabin is your time to relax and unwind. Taking that time to get away from the hubbub of the office and the daily commotion of life is useless if you are just going to immediately reconnect as soon as you step into your cabin. Of course there are reasons to keep the phone close, if there are concerns back home regarding the health and well-being of loved ones, however unplugging from the apps for the weekend can be an enriching and positive way to improve the experience of your well-deserved weekend getaway.
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