A decade ago, most people would have laughed at the idea of a digital detox. The concept of a smartphone was just starting to take hold. Now, many people juggle numerous devices and all that screen time isn’t good for your health or your relationships.
Technology Quickly Becomes Addictive
Having the world at your fingertips is an incredible thing. You can find anything you want in seconds, but that comes at a price – your brain gets used to instant gratification and suddenly, you’re addicted to your tech.
Time To Log Off has gathered some shocking statistics on how technology affects the lives of people in the US and UK. Some of the findings include:
- Responding to emails constantly, especially work emails during non-work hours, leads to chronic stress
- 30% of adults believe their devices interfere with their daily activities
- 60% of people no longer find vacations relaxing due to continuously checking messages
- 73% of people under 30 suffer from digital eye strain symptoms
- 25% of adults and 44% of teens admit to getting less sleep due to digital devices
- 95% of US adults say they use some device before bed, which greatly affects quality of sleep
- Critical thinking and analysis skills have decreased the more that people use technology
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As you can see, all those hours spent checking emails, responding to texts, playing with apps, and engaging on social media isn’t having a positive impact on your health. When Business Insider interviewed Erika Atold, she admitted that her obsessive use of technology among seven digital devices make her feel close to a nervous breakdown. She felt detached and unable to tell what was important in life.
Improving Life With a Digital Detox
A digital detox means taking a break from your devices. It can be a few hours, days, or even a week (if you’re lucky enough to get away that long). It may seem impossible to live without your devices, but that’s a sign that you need a detox.
All it takes is a few hours away from your phone, tablet, computer, and smart TV to notice some benefits. In one study, neuroscientists observed positive changes in 35 participants within three days. A few changes they noticed included:
- Improved posture from looking at people versus screens
- Improved conversation skills
- Improved memory and observation
- Better rest and even the need to not sleep as long to feel rested
- Improved ability to make large life choices
Even taking a short digital detox on a regular basis could give you the same benefits.
Tips for Doing Your Own Digital Detox
It’s not realistic for most people to take an entire week away from their devices due to work, school, and other obligations. You can still make time for quick breaks, though. Try your own digital detox by:
- Setting aside a few hours each day away from your devices
- Avoiding devices at least a few hours before bed
- Having a tech-free day each week
- Limit your time on certain sites, such as social media or specific apps
Start off small and you’ll find a digital detox isn’t that hard. Plus, it’s good for your life.
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