Dig­i­tal Detox: Why you need to do it

Panay News - - LIFE & STYLE -  By Roeyna May Famis­aran

OUR days have re­volved in tech­nol­ogy. We check our so­cial me­dia net­works upon wak­ing up. We check it again, minute by minute, un­til we fall asleep. What seemed like a sim­ple “net­work­ing” with ac­quain­tances, friends, and strangers be­came the epi­cen­ter of our lives.

Our bags are now full of gad­gets – cell phones, tablets, lap­tops. Our cars are ac­ces­sorized with dash cams, GPS track­ers and Blue­tooth speak­ers. When there is no work, we usu­ally just lie on our bed with a lap­top on our belly. Get-to­geth­ers with friends are done just so we can have some­thing to post on Facebook. Every new pur­chase is recorded in our In­sta­gram Sto­ries. And some peo­ple tell the most ir­rel­e­vant things on Twitter.

We do not any­more con­trol tech­nol­ogy. Tech­nol­ogy con­trols us. Ac­cord­ing to a study pub­lished on tele­graph.co.uk, the av­er­age per­son checks their phone 200 times a day. If you do the math, that’s once every six and a half min­utes. The study also showed that one in four peo­ple spend more time on­line than they do asleep. Our tech­nol­ogy ad­dic­tion came to a point where our phys­i­cal, so­cial, and men­tal health are com­pro­mised.

Do you sleep with your phone? Have you be­come un­healthy and lazy be­cause you spend so much time on the in­ter­net? Can you still re­mem­ber the last time you per­son­ally saw your fam­ily? Have you had a face-to-face talk with a friend dur­ing the past months?

Here are some of the best rea­sons why you need to log out of your so­cial me­dia ac­counts – oth­er­wise known as dig­i­tal detox:

1. You will have time to re­con­nect with loved ones

Was Christ­mas the last time you saw your fam­ily? Do you still see your best friend, Mary?

One of the down­sides of be­ing a so­cial me­dia ad­dict is not hav­ing enough time with your loved ones. You can­not even re­call the last time you had wine with your friends. Club­bing is not even any­more in your dic­tio­nary. Although times have changed and you are not any­more that girl who shouts “Party over here!” every night, it is still good to have a get-to­gether with your friends once in a while. And do your par­ents still know how you look? Visit them with a pack of cof­fee beans. They will surely ap­pre­ci­ate the ges­ture.

2. You can sleep bet­ter

Some peo­ple spend more time on so­cial me­dia than they do asleep. Do you still browse the In­ter­net be­fore you go to sleep? That’s prob­a­bly one of the rea­sons why you are hav­ing a hard time doz­ing off. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Sleep Foun­da­tion, light ex­po­sure fu­els wake­ful­ness. So do not be sur­prised if you have in­som­nia. Your phone needs to sleep. You should, too.

3. You will be­come more pro­duc­tive

Stop cram­ming. Close all those so­cial me­dia ac­counts in your com­pany PC and start work­ing on your tasks. It’s also a good thing to stay away from your phone while work­ing – ex­cept maybe if you’re ex­pect­ing a call from a client or busi­ness part­ner. A dig­i­tal detox will help you ac­com­plish more.

4. You can spend time with your­self

Some peo­ple are afraid to spend time alone. But be­ing alone is dif­fer­ent from be­ing lonely. And be­ing alone some­times has re­ally great ef­fects on your men­tal be­ing.

Web­site psy­chol­o­gy­to­day. com says spend­ing time with your­self im­proves your cre­ativ­ity, con­cen­tra­tion, and re­la­tion­ships.

“By spend­ing time with your­self and gain­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of who you are and what you de­sire in life, you’re more likely to make bet­ter choices about who you want to be around. You also may come to ap­pre­ci­ate your re­la­tion­ships more af­ter you’ve spent some time alone,” it ex­plains.

Fur­ther, a study con­ducted by emo­tional de­vel­op­ment ex­pert Reed W. Lar­son in 1997 showed that alone time is ben­e­fi­cial for teenagers.

“Ado­les­cents … who spent an in­ter­me­di­ate amount of their time alone were bet­ter ad­justed than those who spent lit­tle or a great deal of time alone,” the study found out.

It is a chal­lenge to spend time alone. So why not chal­lenge your­self? Who knows? You will learn more about your in­ner be­ing and iden­tify your de­sires in life.

Tech­nol­ogy is not bad. In fact, it is help­ful and ed­u­ca­tional. How­ever, if your vir­tual world takes over your life, it is time to pause and prob­a­bly take a step back. Af­ter all, re­al­ity is still what mat­ters./

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