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Turn Off the Tech

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Turn Off the Tech!  Have you noticed how much of our lives we have given to the tech world?

The average American spends $2,300/year on technology.  That’s $191.64/mo. If you are a family of four with teenagers, thats $766.68/mo or slightly less, but who’s counting?  If that doesn’t tell the story, maybe nothing will.

It’s not just in dollars, but also in time.  Count 116 minutes!  That’s the number most American’s use per day on social media, according to SocialMediaToday.

In both time and money, we’ve quit living!   I’m not suggesting that you shut off the devices forever, but the balance has definitely tipped.  (Gosh, I once owned a healthcare tech company!)

Bottom line, technology is not the goal.  It should not be our sole form of entertainment.  Technology should be about convenience and efficiency.  The goal is to create more time for healthy activities in our lives through technology.

Recently, I decided to change my life around.  It wasn’t radical, but I decided to review how I was using my time and money.

I shut off the TVs on the weekends and canceled a few subscriptions.  Wallah, spontaneity!  I’ve found my life has become more interesting.

It made me want to ride my horse more.  I want to take more walks, and my dog loves it!  We loved it so much, I’ve decided to add to our family of fur-members.  Friends hear from me to grab lunch.  My evenings are spent socializing – business or pleasure – it doesn’t matter.  I agreed to have our family reunion and then took a few trips.

Equally, I found there were technologies that I really enjoy.  For example, Echo with Alexa by Amazon.  I absolutely love streaming music.  I’m enjoying going through my old CDs and compiling Playlists.  I also enjoy MyFitnessPal.  I’m finding that I need the encouragement to eat right every day.

So, what could you do with more time and money?  Are you spending both the way you’d like?

For more great articles on the topic, read what kids of Silicon Valley tech parents do

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