Why Do You Need A Digital Detox?
Mar 28, 2019
Technology can bring numerous benefits to our daily lives. But haven’t we become a slave to our smartphones?
In today’s digital age, we have all become a bit too attached to our phones, tablets, and other gadgets to the point where life outside of the screen has become a little bizarre and alien. Its addiction has become real, and it’s wreaking havoc on our mental health. Our fingers twitch when we haven’t checked Instagram and other social media profiles for 10 minutes.
When it all gets too much, we find ourselves wanting to reset our relationship with technology. This is where a digital detox can help!
What Does Digital Detox Mean?
A digital detox is a retreat where they ask you to switch-off your devices for a powerful dose of time off-line. It is when a person refrains himself from using electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops, computers, etc. A proper break from technology is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or to stay away from social media and focusing more on the physical world than the imaginary world. In the past few years “digital detox” is growing in immense popularity. It has grown from an idea to a brand, and a guide to how to think and live.
Why Is Digital Detox Important?
Let us discuss some facts.
There is no doubt that in the current era of television, smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers, you are overusing these technologies. These tools have changed the mindset of people on how to communicate with one another. 80 per cent of people nowadays is addicted to these technologies and finding it hard to take off from these!
According to research, people with different age group spend quality time on technologies.
- In the U.S. alone, 87% of the people in their 20s use two or more digital devices simultaneously.
- 67% of the people in their 30s spend more than 5 hours each day on a digital device.
- 90% of the adults in the U.S. aged from 18-29 use social media- this is a seven per cent increase over 10 years.
- 99% of people in the U.K. between the ages of 16 and 25 use social media weekly.
- The majority of Norwegians between the ages of 12 and 40 spend 46.6 minutes using technology before their bedtime.
From the above-mentioned data, it is very much evident that the use of technology is increasing on a daily basis and this overuse of technology is leading to stress, anxiety, depression, social isolation, and insomnia.
To get rid of this addiction, one has to practice self-control. Dedicate time slots throughout the day where you turn off all your incoming notifications. Instead of spending your day scrolling down on feeds or chatting on Whatsapp or binge-watching favourite shows, one should spend some time with themselves.
Try To Do a Digital Cull
Delete all the unwanted apps from your mobile phone that you never use or hardly ever use. They are just adding digital clutters and causing unneeded stress.
Indulge Yourself in Virtual World Instead Of Imaginary World
Holidays are meant to relax. But most of the people are constantly using Instagram and Snapchat to get a perfect shot. It’s easy to get lost in the virtual world. Don’t forget to appreciate the moments by which you are enjoying by simply being there. Try to avoid using social media or technologies on your next getaway and treat yourself to a “wellcation”.
Go On A Retreat!!
A digital detox when combined with a yoga retreat, it becomes the perfect way to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with the offline world. Such yoga retreats are for anyone at any level: from beginner to expert.
An integrated mind-body practice, Yoga, isn’t just about physical poses, but also about relaxation, controlled breathing ( Pranayama) and meditation. It will provide you with a complete break from your daily life. Taking part in a group yoga session will leave you less stressed. The particular anxiety and stress that comes with being attached to a smartphone, with its constant work emails will be entirely removed at the retreats. In addition to practicing different poses, you will also enjoy the mouth-watering selection of healthy, seasonal, and delicious foods.
Hope these reasons are capable enough to help you get a digital detox and discover yourself, ASAP. With these tips, you will find out for yourself the ‘real life’, which exists out of a digital screen.