We’re Smarter Without Our Smartphones

It’s not often I get to say this but – it seems I was right all along!

If ever I’m struggling with a task that requires a little creative thinking or problem solving then I push back my computer chair and set out for the coast or my beach hut. I’m lucky – they’re just a mile away.

But have you ever sat for long, lonely hours before your computer screen praying for inspiration? The longer you sit there, the slower the progress…

Many of us will admit to a greater sense of well-being after a period of time in The Great Outdoors and now new research suggests that we are more mentally astute too – yes we’re smarter without our smartphones. Fancy putting it to the test? Read on…

Put Down the iPad, Lace Up the Hiking Boots

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  • Janet

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. Jealous you have a beach hut a mile away!! Not too much of a walking trek but enough to get some fitness benefit too! Do you live in New Zealand??

    • KarenGuttridge

      Hi Janet – these are pics from South west England (when the sun shines!) I just feel so good when I get outdoors – almost a huge flood of relief :-)

  • Nancy Kay

    Inspiring pictures reminding us of how essential and valuable it is for us to connect with other people and expand our ventures out into nature.

    • KarenGuttridge

      Hi Nancy – I’ve always felt great by spending time in nature and chatting to all the folks I meet along the way. Essential human activities, I think :-)

  • Debbie

    I totally agree. I spent much of the Christmas Holiday watching people on all their electronic gadgets. We need to socialize and get out in nature and we will find ideas rolling in. Nice post.

    • KarenGuttridge

      Hi Debbie – I launch myself outdoors whenever I need to destress. If someone has now concluded that it will make me smarter too then – Yayy! :-)

  • The Great Gordino

    Lovely pics and a lovely post! Getting outside into the fresh air is a superb way to recharge the brain! I do it as often as I can, and always come back with ideas! Cheers, Gordon

    • KarenGuttridge

      Thank you Gordon! The amount of time I spend outdoors I should be a genius by now! Not happening… :-)

  • travellingbag

    absolutely agree – we should all do more of it :-)

    • KarenGuttridge

      I definitely will be doing in 2013 – but it is hard to leave the smartphone behind!