Digital Detox

Today, due to the global pandemic situation, we are all forced to be on our phones and laptops all the time. Our school, college, or office is all inside our gadget and we don’t have an option but to stay glued to our phone and other gadgets. But, as we know, too much of anything is good for nothing. Same rule applies with too much time on our gadgets. So, then what is the solution to this? The solution is to do a Digital Detox.

Well, before we move any further, let us understand what digital detox means. Digital detox refers to a period of time when a person refrains from using tech devices such as smartphones, televisions, tablets, computers, and social media sites. “Detoxing” from digital devices is often seen as a way to focus on real-life social interactions without distractions.

While people often feel that they can't imagine life without their gadgets, research and surveys have found that over use of technology can also contribute to stress. One study conducted by researchers in Sweden found that heavy technology use among young adults was linked to sleeping problems, depressive symptoms, and increased stress levels. Evidence also suggests that heavy device use, particularly prior to bedtime, can interfere with sleep quality and quantity. The study also found a connection between nighttime tech use and increased body mass index. Heavy daily technology use was associated with an increased risk of mental health problems among adolescents. More time spent using online platform was linked to increased symptoms of attention deficit and conduct disorder, as well as worse self-regulation. Apart from this, you might want to give up your devices for a brief time to enjoy time to yourself without the interference of the gadgets. Many experts believe that tech and device overuse represents a behavioral addiction that can lead to physical, psychological, and social problems.

Doing a digital detox may help you establish a healthier, less stressful work-life balance. So, how can one establish a successful digital detox?

  • Let your friends and family know that you are on digital detox and ask for their help and support
  • Pick up one day of the week to go device free
  • Find ways to stay distracted and keep other activities on hand
  • Delete social media apps from your phone to reduce temptation and easy access
  • Try getting out of the house; go for a walk when you are tempted to use your device
  • Replace your device time with other activities you are passionate about like drawing, cooking, exercising, or even reading a book
  • Keep a journal to track your progress and write down your thoughts about the experience
It is okay to start small and feel stressed about it first, but it will definitely be very beneficial in the long run. One can start with as small as few hours per day and go on for upto few days per month. During these times they will find time to invest in healthier activities which will show a significant change in their physical and mental health. With these tips, plan a detox journey and find a healthier lifestyle.

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