A few week ago I did a semi-digital phone detox. This meant I used my mobile mainly as a phone only, for a week – no text messages no Whats App. It was hard as I was invited to a birthday via text and notified of a friend’s baby being born also via text. This is the way life has become in these modern times, more often than not we find out important things and get invited to things over text messages or Whats App. Although I do this myself, I still pick up the phone to have conversations and write letters and cards, how many other people still write?
There were some real benefits to this:
With a phone it usually means I try to do two or three things at once, but I automatically focused more on the task at hand therefore accomplishing more in less time.
I was more productive and focused on one task at a time and getting it done faster and better.
The was a lot less negativity that week as I was not subjected to people’s constant moaning and complaining. There is only so much negativity people can take when it’s coming from all angles.
My schedule, my way
I responded as and when it suited me. This is one to take forward permanently. If you respond to messages as soon as you get them then it will take you ages to get the task done as you teach that person you’re available all the time. Some need a quicker response than others. The expectation to be present/available at all times is unnatural and wrong.
Less strain on my eyes
Due to age and an increased amount of phone use my eyes have deteriorated over the last 2 years.
It was just nice to have a break from it – it was really refreshing and relaxing.
I found myself more connected with the world and with others, a appreciating my surroundings, people watching rather than being on my phone.
I believe there are long term psychological benefits from a short break from digital that can make you happier and more successful in every aspect of your life.
After this semi-successful experiment I have decided to try this for one week every month. I will strive to do it the last week of every month. As well as this I will allocate one evening a week, Friday or Saturday (6pm onwards) where I will not use my phone, tablet or computer. I do currently do this anyway but on the odd occasion it lapses so I need to refine it.
I genuinely believe everyone should have a break from this technology on a weekly basis as it does dictate our lives. It’s healthy to have a break. The real life connectedness is what that enriches and enhances our lives in a way the a tech never can. Have you ever had a digital break? How did you get on? Are you addicted to your phone? I would love to know your thoughts.