Digital Detox: Breaking Up With Your Phone

Written by on July 19, 2020

The Benefits of Digital Detoxing

by Shaylene Karelse

Technology has completely taken over our lives to the point where our phones or laptops are the first thing that we reach for when we wake up and the last thing that we touch before we fall asleep. If the thought of missing out on a notification stresses you, perhaps it’s time for a Digital Detox.

 

You might think that interacting with your phone is not a bad habit. Perhaps, you are right. After all, we need our phones to stay connected with loved ones and the world.

We want to know what is happening out there whether it’s for the purpose of keeping up with the latest news or simply seeing what other people are up to. Technology is also beneficial for work purposes. I am a prime example of this because I am currently typing this article on my phone. So yes, technology has simplified our lives but at what price?

So much time is spent online that we end up having less time for other activities. Technology reduces our relationship with the real world. You end up isolating yourself even when you are in a room full of people. For example, you could go to an event and you would see that most people are interacting with their phones instead of the actual people around them.

 

 

Excessive use of technology can take a toll on our physical health. We spend so much time online that we sleep less. The light from our phone screens can negatively affect our sleep-wake cycle. Some people even suffer from insomnia (inability to fall asleep) due to the amount of time spent online. People also end up exercising less because they would rather spend time working out their fingers instead of their entire bodies.

Increased technology use also has mental and emotional effects on people. Healthy use of social media plays a role in helping us to discover who we are and where we fit into the world, while excessive use of social media platforms results in people, particularly teenagers, comparing themselves to others online. They feel as though they are not enough and they do not have enough which ultimately affects their self-esteem.

Subsequently, their self-esteem becomes dependent on the number of likes that they get on Instagram or the number of shares accumulated on Facebook. We see ourselves through the eyes of others and when it does not add up to our expectations; our self-esteem takes a huge knock.

While we are living in the digital age it is important to remember that too much of a good thing is bad for you, hence, the introduction of a Digital Detox.

A Digital Detox is time that a person takes to decrease or completely refrain from using their electronic devices. Detoxing can offer many benefits:

  • It allows you to focus on yourself and your interaction with the people around you. Therefore, you will have better conversations with people.
  • It creates a healthy relationship between your real life and your digital life.
  • It allows you to focus more on your work or studies.

When starting a digital detox, you do not have to completely say goodbye to your devices. You can start small. You can go off certain apps for a couple of hours or days per week and notifying people to only call or text if they need you. You can turn off notifications while you are working or studying. You can also turn off your screen when you go to bed.

Remember that there is nothing wrong with living in the digital world. Sometimes, instead of trying to capture a perfect picture of the sun – sit back, relax and enjoy the view.


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