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Staying “Connected” During the Holidays

Posted in Best Practices, Social Media, Tips and Tricks We're all guilty of it; we're spending time with our family or friends, perhaps having dinner or conversing at a party and suddenly, you get that itch. That itch to dig out your phone, check your email, refresh your Twitter page and see what's happening on Facebook. It's not that you don't enjoy the company you're with, but if you're anything like me, living and working in the "digital age" has left me with an involuntary itch to "stay connected." But now that I'm living even further away from home, making opportunities to see my family very rare, I've decided to make a conscious effort to ditch the smartphone itch this upcoming holiday season. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I thankfully (no pun intended) stumbled across this article from Mashable  that asked the question, "Should You Take a Vacation from Checking Your Email?" The article does make a point to say that checking your email (and social media platforms) isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just important to keep in mind how often you're logging on, updating, refreshing, etc. Some helpful tips I plan on using to balance both my family and (Twitter) followers this holiday season include:
  • Set a timer for 20-30 minutes and avoid looking at your phone during this time
  • Don't give yourself the option to check your phone; leave it in the car, at home, etc.
Do you plan on taking a break from your smartphone this holiday season? If you're on the fence, I'll leave you with this last interesting fact: according to research done at University of California, Irvine, people who took a break from checking their email for more than five days "experienced more natural heart rates," which simply means they were happier and less stressed.
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