By now it’s no secret that most of us spend more time staring at screens than is good for us. Researchers have confirmed what most of us intuitively know — excessive tech use atrophies the brain’s frontal lobe and shrinks the outermost area of the brain, the region controlling how we process information. If that isn’t bad enough, the neurological changes can alter how we regulate emotion and pay attention, which negatively affects our social interactions.
Our team here at Stratus (all of whom are obsessed with tech toys and tools) are frequent users of technology. It’s a digital agency — it’s what we do. But we also cultivate the art of disconnecting. A (very unscientific) survey of our team showed most of us attain a state of non-digital bliss away from technology by doing something physically active like exercise or housework. Other favored remedies for tech overload were spending time with family, friends, and pets. Some preferred more extreme measures like “accidentally” losing their phone or turning off all notifications and leaving the country.