Are you constantly on your phone? Does most of your day consist of being glued to your laptop? Is your screen-time dangerously high? Can you sometimes feel your eyes popping out of their sockets and then tearing up to stay in place? If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re in desperate need of a digital detox. To know more about this and understand why it is so important, we got in touch with Dr. Anamika Chawhan, Cognitive Scientist & Founder of Magnificent U, a Coaching and Mentoring company. She has expertise in digital detoxing and strongly believes that a digital detox is the need of the hour. She says,
The purpose of a digital detox is to build healthy habits around using technology so that you are in full control of it rather than the other way around.
Since most of us are working from home and conducting our daily lives online, going cold-turkey on our devices isn’t possible, but significantly reducing their usage is. Here’s everything you need to know about digital detoxing!
Because we’re glued to a screen 24/7! We spend hours mindlessly scrolling in addition to working on our phones, laptops and tablets. According to this article by First Post, on average, an Indian spends 7 hours on their devices. This is 25% more than last year and can be attributed to COVID-19. 7 hours out of a 24-hour day is insane! That means we spend nearly 1/3 of our day staring at a screen. So clearly, we need to do a digital detox ASAP.
Dr Chawhan says that taking a break from your screens can improve mental health, reduce stress-levels and help sleep better and swears by these benefits.
Many people with screen-addiction also have mental health conditions that contribute to their addiction. A digital detox can reduce the mental health symptoms associated with excess technology use and help make recovery a little easier. Additionally, social media is known to give us a false sense of body-image, lifestyles, relationships etc. that contribute to problems with our self-confidence and happiness, so a detox can help lessen those too.
Evidence shows that frequent device use can disrupt your sleep-schedule and make it harder to fall sleep. We all know the pain of scrolling through the night and using social media for no apparent reason. Improving your sleep through a digital detox allows one to better rest their body, help fall asleep faster and attain deep sleep.
Stress can create drug or alcohol cravings for a lot of people in recovery. By reducing the stress that comes from social media and other technology through a digital detox, one can better control any related withdrawal symptoms.
Dr. Chawhan says,
Giving up complete screen time is practically impossible. But, one can certainly adopt several measures for digital detoxing such as turning off push-notifications, putting away the phone during meals, designating ‘tech-free’ hours, making certain places of the house a no-phone zone or temporarily logging off social media apps.
Depending on our lifestyle, there are many ways we can do a digital detox. Some of them are:
Have you ever conducted a digital detox before? Share it with us in the comments below!