I was reading this article on Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com.au/two-days-of-weekend-is-too-much-2013-11) which makes me think of the world and how technology plays in this. Overall, I feel society needs less technology and more living life which involves actually turning off technology and doing something else.
I agree with Kit Juckes that most people can’t find anything to do as soon as they retire. I hear that all the time and some people die within a few months after they retire. This means that work is the centre piece of our lives which is bad as there needs to be a space for leisure time. For myself, I don’t put enough time into having fun as I should but understand keeping a calendar with leisure time activities helps.
As for having two days off a week, this is hard for everyone who works as technology has moved work from the office space to everywhere space. The problem is that there is plenty of research done that says “People need to be active and away from technology screens for a certain period of the day.” Hardly anyone does that these days and is becoming increasingly harder as society has smaller technology devices that can do much more.
Should society take 2 days off to relax and veg out? I say yes but in the real world, people seem to want more connection and enjoyment of what is going on in the world. This seems to be happening more and more on screens and not with people around us. For myself, I tend to take bigger breaks than smaller ones, which means I go away for awhile and come back feel a little better. I do need to learn to disconnect from technology during that time.
Technology is making us have less time off and more time on the clock regarding paid or volunteer work. I know going forward, I am going to have to spend more time relaxing. Is there any easy way to do this? In my career as a freelance web developer, this is harder as people can get in touch with me anytime.
If you know of how to make more time for relaxing, hanging out and volunteering please comment below.