Technology has undeniably benefited society and helped make everyday life more convenient. However, with the increasing use of smart phones, laptops, and tablets, some may argue that the everyday use of these devices has gone a little too far.

According to a study conducted by Microsoft in 2015, the average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2013 (that is 1 second BELOW the average attention span of a goldfish). The study found that the test subject’s attention span significantly decreased due to the presence of a mobile device.

Almost all of us can admit to mindlessly swiping, clicking, and browsing on our mobile devices any chance we get, but this unintentional action is most likely a sign of attachment. Checking our phones constantly has become inherent, almost like an obsession. But what if we were to just stop and utilize those free moments to have a person-to-person conversation? Or when going out to dinner with someone, you vow to leave your phone at home (or at least turned off in your pocket/purse)? It has been proven that people who dedicate portions of their day to be “technology-free” have better relationships, higher productivity rates at work and, generally, are more stress-free.

Technology has changed all aspects of how we go about everyday life. It has affected individual’s lives, the way companies do business, advanced science and medicine, and changed the way the world works. While no one can argue the benefits technology has provided, it may be time for us to put the phone down and be present. You never know what you might be missing with your head down.

Guest blogger - Emily LaPlume. Emily is a senior at Champlain College pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and minoring in Event Management. Emily has been a seasonal intern at GSCU for over three years and has also interned at The Capitol Center for the Arts, Brandthropology and Fuse Marketing.