In today's wired society, staying in touch with people has become easier than ever -- but are our plugged-in lives taking a toll on face-to-face communication?
Author Yosipa Maria's outside life and relationships were suffering from digital overload. After deciding the constant connection from behind a screen was becoming too impersonal, she decided to go off the grid completely. Maria told HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd recently that ditching her devices made her happier than ever.
"I found that television and computers were quite distracting," Maria said. "I just didn't need it and I was quite happy. I had a lot of friends and I enjoyed my life. I didn't feel that I needed all of that stuff to clutter where I was at."
Maria confessed that only after having children did she integrate technology back into her life -- but she made sure to keep it controlled.
"It needs to be a balance," she said. "I choose when I work with it and then I choose to turn it off. I think you need to have a balance for a clearer mind."
Check out the video clip above for more on why Maria completely unplugged, and watch the full video on HuffPost Live.
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