Taking a digital detox
In today’s world, the smartphone has almost become an extension of the human hand.
Feeling lost without, our devices are the first thing we check when we wake up, and the last thing we look at before going to sleep.
A digital detox is all about cutting down on how long we spend on our devices, checking up on Instagram or scrolling through Facebook. There’s a strong possibility that if you’re not using your phone, you may be watching TV, catching up on your favourite Netflix series or finding your next binge watch on Stan. At work, you may spend most of your day staring at a screen. If you observe your daily lifestyle, it can sometimes feel you are never away from a screen.
On average, people swipe, lap or click their phones 2,617 times every single day according to dscout’s research. Imagine what the average person could achieve if their day wasn’t consumed in this way?
Taking part in the digital detox can have vast benefits:
Greater physical health
Typically, when you are viewing a screen you are probably lying or sitting down. Not only is this bad for your lower back and neck, it stops you from moving and exercising. Switching off your device encourages you to become active and get the blood moving, which will make you feel so much better.
Having your phone or device constantly with you, easily fitting in your pocket, can mean you are absorbed by emails and communication and never truly switching off from work. A digital detox allows you to step away from the constant connection to work, and instead connect you to your surroundings, allowing you to enjoy your own personal life.
Living in the present
Do you ever find mid-conversation that you are scrolling through your social media apps, looking at your friends holiday pictures, rather than listening to the conversation you are in? Taking a break from technology will allow you to be more present in your relationships and aware of what is going on around you, oppose to what’s going on online.
A chemical called melatonin is released before you go to sleep. Research shows that looking at a screen before going to bed can trick your brain into staying awake, preventing melatonin from being released. With 46 per cent of people in Australia using their devices before going to sleep, sleep deprivation is only too common. Try reading a book before bed and switching off your phone an hour before bed time to improve your night’s sleep.
Taking a digital power-down and time away from screens will open the world around you. Free time will be readily available to spend meaningful moments with family, your surroundings and focus on you.