05 Feb Disconnect to Reconnect
Showering your partner or your family with attention is a sure way to show your love for them. To disconnect on vacation, leave devices in your hotel room or car so you can focus on your loved ones at Iron Mountain Hot Springs and elsewhere.
Disconnect to reconnect. Sounds easy, but it’s harder than it seems. One look around a coffee shop, the dinner table, and even in the water-centric surroundings of Iron Mountain Hot Springs and it quickly becomes obvious that we spend a lot of time on our devices.
Time to Power Off
Statistics paint a bleak picture of Americans addicted to small screens. Not only do we lose large chunks of time in our day, more importantly, we’re also sacrificing an ingredient vital to a happy life—meaningful, real-time, authentic relationships with partners, family and friends. Take a look at these stats:
- We’re constantly checking our phones, up to 150 times per day on average.
- We use our mobile phones 171 minutes a day (that’s almost three hours), with 76 of those minutes spent using social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
- Twenty-one minutes a day is devoted to Instagram.
- Android phone users take around 93 million selfies every single day to post on social media platforms.
The numbers are even more alarming for children.
- American kids spend an average of seven hours in front of some sort of screen.
- Eighty percent of 2-4-year-olds use mobile devices.
- Kids play outside just 15 to 20 minutes daily and even that’s decreasing.
- The side effects of too much screen time can include sleep disorders, anxiety, attention disorders, narcissism and other mental and physical disorders.
To Get the Big Picture Set Aside the Small Screens
So what’s the solution? As humans, we’re creatures of habit. Building a new habit takes practice and commitment, but it’s not impossible. There are many strategies and even apps (of course!) that can be helpful for reducing screen time.
One strategy to disconnect that’s easy to implement is spending more time outdoors participating in engaging activities like camping, hiking, fishing, rafting or skiing, all of which can be enjoyed in Glenwood Springs. Soaking at Iron Mountain Hot Springs is an especially great option since watery environments aren’t particularly friendly to electronics. Just leave your phone in your hotel room, the glove compartment or in your bathhouse locker and enjoy a few hours or a whole day of disconnected bliss. Instead of surfing on electronic devices, spend time with the kids, your partner or a group of friends soaking in the 16 soaking pools and playing in the family pool. Enjoy a digital detox in a relaxing, natural, outdoor setting.
Spending time with loved ones is a primary benefit of disconnecting from devices. Why not power off the next time you’re at Iron Mountain Hot Springs? Instead of looking down, look up at the beauty all around— bald eagles soaring overhead, the magnificent mountain scenery and the happy, smiling, relaxed faces of the people you love most in the world.
Learn more and make plans to visit Iron Mountain Hot Springs today!
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