There’s no doubt about it. Living in the Digital Age has enhanced and advanced us unlike any generations before.
The Internet and social media apps have allowed us to increase efficiency levels; save time; research without going to the library; work from the confines of home; date and mate; and a host of other awesome things.
And let’s face it: amid the pandemic of 2020/21, it has been crucial in helping us to stay connected and communicate with loved ones near and far, through virtual meetings and themed parties. (Thank God for small blessings.)
Still, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its drawbacks.
Which is why a Digital Detox may be "just what the doctor ordered."
But, before we examine what this entails, a definition here helps to provide greater clarity.
WHAT IS A "DIGITAL DETOX"?
Simply put, a digital detox is when a person commits to going offline and eliminating smart phones, social media apps, etc. for a specified period of time. Often for health, relational and/or quality of life reasons.
According to itstimetologoff.com: “A digital detox is a temporary period of fully disconnecting from all digital devices to focus on social interaction, reduce stress, and be fully present in the world ‘offline’.
The term ‘digital detox’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013, just six years after the launch of the first iphone (which kicked off the smartphone revolution).”
3 REASONS A DETOX MAY BE WARRANTED...
1. Being connected online for extended periods of time can often cause a "disconnect" in our personal relationships at home.
Excessive usage of Facebook and screen time can contribute to our partners and children feeling neglected and less of a priority. Wikipedia reports that " A 2015 survey conducted by Deloitte found that around 59% of smartphone users check a social media platform in the five minutes prior to going to bed, and within 30 minutes of waking up."
2. "Moderation with all things."
Many folks find that daily Internet activities can become somewhat "addictive" and distract from other
important responsibilities and goals. In the words of Dr. Phil. "You can't fix what you don't acknowledge first."
3. To recover and rediscover our social skills.
Being on our cell phones and in front of computer screens excessively can contribute to eye strain, back pain and migraines. It can also cause many of us to feel overwhelmed and constantly "on call", if we're not prudent about how we devote our attention and our limited hours. Not to mention, what it does to diminish our in-person social skills and the art of conversation.
Sometimes, in this fast-paced world we need to "disconnect" to reconnect with greater priorities, things that matter and simple pleasures.