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Go Analog! Here’s Why You Need A Digital Detox

Binish Ahmed

In this era of technological whirlpool, our lives call for a detox, a digital detox!

Calls, texts, photos, emails, calculator, social media, alarms, games, reminders, taxi bookings, payments– you name it. Our day revolves around technology. Sure, they have made our lives easier, but the insatiable consumption of media and technology has a lot of negative consequences as well.

In this era of technological abundance, our lives call for a detox, a digital detox!

What is a digital detox?

Digital detox is a period when one quits the use of digital devices and therefore utilizes that time for other activities or social interactions. This way the person can relieve the stress and anxiety that happens due to their over-dependency on technology and compulsive behaviour associated with it.

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The iPhone effect

This name was given by scientists who studied the influence of smartphones on relationships and social engagement. They suggested that just the presence of an iPhone on the table during a get-together leads to lower empathy levels and poor conversation quality. This effect was stronger when the conversation revolved around personal topics. Thus, the presence of a phone has a negative effect on relationships and the quality of conversation.

Signs you’re in dire need a digital detox

  • You’re stressed and anxious.
  • You have a habit of taking pictures of everything.
  • Your sleep quality is poor.
  • You get easily distracted. Lack of concentration.
  • You constantly check your phone, even though there’s no notification.
  • You take your smartphone everywhere with you, even to the loo.
  • You have a habit of watching TV, computer or laptop while eating.
  • You obsess over texting back or commenting on a post.
  • You fear about missing out.
  • You will not read this whole article.

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How to do a digital detox?

There’s no one specific way to go for a digital detox. You can make your schedule and practice it daily or for a few days. It is up to you. But first, figure out what are you fasting without—your phone, laptop, TV, social media or all of them? Here are some ideas for cutting out your tech habits and making room for analog time:

Use a timer to track your tech time

 

Switch off alerts & push notifications

 

Remove social media apps from your phone

 

Use a real alarm

 

Charge your phone outside your bedroom

 

Keep your phone in a drawer or your bag in the office

 

Try to avoid looking at a device when you wake up

 

Read a book before you sleep

 

Don’t watch TV or mobile when you eat

 

Start using pen and paper to note down

 

Assign a time-slot for checking social media

 

Refrain from binge-watching

 

Practice meditation

 

Take a walk after meals

 

Go on a nature trip

 

Go to places which provide a digital detox

 

Stop taking pictures of everything.  

Just feel the moment

 

Tell people what you’re doing

 

Digital detox has some amazing health benefits

  • Your attention span increases.
  • You will feel less anxious and stressed.
  • Your eye strain will reduce.
  • Your productivity will improve.
  • You will be more creative.
  • Your relationships will improve.
  • You will have more time for yourself.
  • You will get a better sleep.

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Inspired? Ready for the challenge? All the best with your digital detox!!

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