During this time of the year we are again hit by this deadly virus of COVID-19. But unfortunately this time it’s more severe and is spreading immensely. We are all trapped in the negative and saddening vibes.
The use of technology, smartphones, social media or television, is getting no recreation to our minds by instead it’s making us weak and trapping us into a negative aura. So this is the time we need to take a break and go for ‘digital detox’. Like we detox our body to get rid of the toxins similarly we need to detox digitally to stay mentally strong and healthy and uplift ourselves into a positive aura.
A digital detox refers to a period of time when a person refrains from using tech devices such as smartphones, televisions, computers, tablets, and social media sites. “Detoxing” from digital devices is often seen as a way to focus on real-life social interactions without distractions. By forgoing digital devices, at least temporarily, people can let go of the stress that stems from constant connectivity.
For many people, being connected and immersed in the digital world is just a part of everyday life. Adults spend most of their time each day listening to, watching, reading, or interacting with the media.
There are many reasons why you might want to give up your mobile phone and other devices for a brief time. You might want to enjoy time to yourself without the interference that your phone and other devices create. In other cases, you might feel like your device use has become excessive and is adding too much stress to your life.
In some situations, you might even feel like you are addicted to your devices. While technology addiction is not formally recognised as a disorder. Many experts believe that tech and device overuse represents a very real behavioural addiction that can lead to physical, psychological, and social problems.
Technology Can be Stressful
While people often feel that they can’t imagine life without their tech devices, whereas it is seen that technology use can also contribute to stress.
The ever-present digital connection and constant need to keep checking emails, texts, and social media have accounted for the majority of this tech stress.
Even the young adults attached to technology link to sleeping problems, depressive symptoms, and increased stress levels.
Digital Devices Can Disrupt Sleep
Heavy use of devices, particularly prior to bedtime, can interfere with sleep quality and quantity. Children who use digital devices at bedtime had significantly worse and less sleep.
In-bed electronic social media use has adverse effects on sleep and mood. Most of us check our social media on our phones while we are in bed. It is seen that it increases the likelihood of anxiety, insomnia, and shorter sleep duration.
Heavy Device Use May Be Linked to Mental Health Concerns
Heavy daily technology use is associated with an increased risk for mental health problems among adolescents.
Constant Connectivity Affects Work/Life Balance
That feeling of always being connected can make it difficult to create boundaries between your home life and work life. Even when you are at home or on vacation, it can be hard to resist the temptation to check your email, respond to texts, or check in on your social media accounts.
Technology use plays a vital role in determining an individual’s work-life balance. The adverse use of internet and mobile technologies influenced overall job satisfaction, job stress, and feelings of overwork.
Doing a digital detox may help you establish a healthier, less stressful work-life balance.
Social Comparison Makes It Hard to Be Content
If you spend time on social media, you have probably found yourself comparing your own life to your friends, family, total strangers, and celebs. You might find yourself thinking that everyone else seems to be leading a fuller, richer, or more exciting life based on the tiny, curated glimpse you see on their Instagram or Facebook posts.
As the saying goes, comparison really can be the thief of joy. Detoxing from your social connections can be a good way to focus on what’s important in your own life without comparing yourself to others.
Digital Connectivity Can Make You Feel Like You’re Missing Out
Fear of missing out, known as FOMO, is the fear that you are missing the experiences that everyone else is having. Constant connectivity can feed this fear. Every time you see a curated image or post about someone else’s life, it can leave you feeling as if your life is less exciting than theirs. You might find yourself overcommitting to social events out of the fear that you’ll be left behind.
FOMO can also keep you constantly checking your device out of fear that you are going to miss an important text, DM, or post.
Doing a digital detox is one way to set limits and reduce your fear of missing out. The key is to do it in a way that does not leave you feeling cut off from what is happening in your digital world.
Signs You Might Need a Digital Detox
- You feel anxious or stressed out if you can’t find your phone.
- You feel compelled to check your phone every few minutes.
- You feel depressed, anxious, or angry after spending time on social media.
- You are preoccupied with the like, comment, or share counts on your social posts.
- You are afraid that you will miss something if you don’t keep checking your device.
- You often find yourself staying up late or getting up early to play on your phone.
- You have trouble concentrating on one thing without having to check your phone.
How to Do a Digital Detox
Some might suggest that a true digital detox would involve predefined abstinence from any and all digital devices and social media connections, but it is important to make your device usage work for your own life and demands.
Detaching from your devices can benefit your mental well-being, but doing a digital detox does not have to involve a complete separation from your phone and other tech connections. The process is often more about setting boundaries and making sure that you are using your devices in a way that benefits, rather than harm, your emotional and physical health.
STAY HEALTHY!! STAY STRONG!!