Digital addiction has increased multiple folds in the recent past, and so is the need to detoxify. With easy access to technology, the lines are blurred between virtual world and reality.
A digital detoxification is setting the boundaries by limiting the usage of electronic devices connected to the internet, such as the smartphones and the computers. Reducing the screen time has become the need of the hour, especially important for children and teens. They are more susceptible to the negative effects of technology on the body and nervous system. Unplugging on a regular basis is highly important to maintain the sanity and to relieve stress by doing real life things.
Digitalization has its upsides. The digital devices not only makes life convenient, but also enhance efficiency, and communication. However, all the time we spend online means we have less time to spend doing important real-life activities. Without realizing, we slip into the mindless scrolling on various social media platforms. As a result, we spend less time with our loved ones, creating friction in our relationships.
Addiction calls for Detoxification
While technology addiction is not formally recognized as a disorder but experts believe that overuse represents behavioral addiction. Have you ever noticed, when you pick up your smartphone to reply to an email, you just do not stop there. Automatically, you end up scrolling several other applications. Why is that? Your brain is programmed that way over the time. It pretty much runs on an auto-pilot mode.
This behavioral addiction can lead to physical, psychological, and social problems. Heavy device usage can lead to anxiety, interferes with sleep cycles and can lead to severe depression. Constant connectivity also messes up with the work-life balance. Even after office hours, people end up taking work and stress back home. It can be hard to resist the temptation to check email, respond to a text from a colleague, or check in on your social media accounts despite being on a vacation.
Digital detoxification doesn’t mean that you suddenly stop using technology altogether. Just like any other addiction, you can have heavy withdrawal symptoms. Instead of taking one big step and fail, take little steps on a consistent basis. Set timings to use the gadgets and applications, and stick to it. Make a habit of keeping your phone away when you are about to go to bed. Similarly, do not start your day with it. When you are spending time with someone, make sure not to be distracted by your phone. All these little things done consistently over a period will help in the detoxification process.
Going device-free might make you squirm for a while but it will be a rewarding experience in the long run that will help you be more present and mindful in your other activities and experiences.
Life is happening right now — outside your screens.