Detoxifying the smartphone addiction!
Everyone’s aware of the alarming stories as people are becoming consistently dependent on the internet.
We have started disconnecting from genuine relationships of real importance and are more addicted to the virtual world that does nothing but separates us from reality.
To this issue of tech reliance, a cure has been arising: the “digital detox” retreat.
It’s a technique to detoxify the brain from issues like getting fewer likes, or simply the dread of our gadgets laying far away from us.
The retreat has been successful in helping people find the balance between their personal and tech lives so far.
Technology- the boon and the bane
It’s no lie that the rapid advancement of technology has made our lives easier.
From the gas lines that are essential to living to the smartphones that let us connect to anyone anywhere, technology has become an essential part of our daily routine.
But although a boon in the living standards of people, tech has also proved to be the doom for personal relationships. Rapid digitalization has led to the introduction of a new addiction in society.
Getting bored? Well just log in to your Facebook and see what’s happening to people around you!
Or do you aim to be famous? Well just make a video and upload it, after all now we have tik to videos, Instagram reels, and whatnot!
Social media hence has become such a huge part of life that we are unable to understand where we go wrong.
Whereas on the one side social media might help support small businesses, on the other, it gives rise to catastrophes like the Imposter Syndrome.
The need to look good
Going by definition, imposter syndrome is the collective feeling of inadequacy even after being successful in life, and social media has helped incorporate this disease in many.
People on the internet have started portraying perfect lives which are by no means real. When young and even old people view them, they take those as a standard of good living, resulting in hate for their present conditions.
This can lead to anxiety and depression, which is by no means is a beautiful outcome.
We fail to understand that those perfect life people on social media are working for followers. We are nothing but business assets for them and it becomes necessary for us to treat us like humans if they can’t!
That is where the need to disconnect arises.
Here let’s talk about 3 scenarios of an office worker.
Talking About Arun, Scenario 1
Arun is our normal IT worker who works diligently for his company. After working for a long period, he finally decides to take a break and go on a trip.
While on the visit, he continues clicking pictures, notifying people about his whereabouts, and spends all his time talking to people.
The holiday that he won for himself after working so hard, was spent on making appearances rather than enjoying himself.
Was the need for showing a perfect holiday that necessary?
Was the need for not missing out on anything that happens on the internet more important than having a relaxed time?
Will such a holiday help him get rid of the tiredness he felt from his work?
Idealizing Arun: Scenario 2
The above scenario was Arun in normal terms what we all do, nothing new, nothing different, but let’s think about him in the ideal case.
Knowing that he has to recharge himself, Arun decides that he won’t take his phone with him.
He struggles without his mobile for a day or two but soon learns to appreciate the surrounding life, learns to make friends with complete strangers, relishes the local food, and finally feels enamored.
However, when he returns there’s a surprise sitting tight for him!
Looking out for his office work area is his lifetime perfect partner, his PC.
He’s barraged with a crowd of emails inquiring information about different things and an end amount of work that leaves him with no other option than to do overtime.
All in all, was it great?
Was the ideal idea that leaving technology behind and learning to live without it good? Well no.
Smartening Arun: Scenario 3
Now we have learned from our mistakes. Taking technology along with us is no good idea as well as leaving it behind.
So what about rather than omitting it completely we start to learn to live with it?
Here’s how we get Arun to become smart Arun.
He doesn’t behave like in case 2 and takes his phone with him. He only keeps the phone switched off with his luggage in his hotel room and goes out to enjoy the area alone.
Coming back from the day, he finally switches his mobile phone on and answers any work that needs his presence.
He recharges himself completely during the daytime and when he comes back, not only is he refreshed, he’s also not behind on his work.
This is the art of playing it safe!
The Heart Of The Matter
Digital detoxing is not a new concept. It’s just people’s perception of the detox that should be changed.
Rather than making it the business organization’s ideas of detox, that they will provide a complete tech-free environment to their customers where people would be able to live like the 90’s citizens did, it’s more of an art of finding balance.
Think about when we use our phones for alarm clocks. While switching the alarm off it’s very easy to get attracted to the azure of social media and spend the time after waking up on our mobiles.
Such a case would not arise if we use an alarm clock instead!
The above is part of finding balance. The point isn’t to remove technology from our lives completely but to think about ways to minimize its use. Some of these ways could be
- Going on strolls every day
- Taking walks with our pets and children or just ourselves becomes essential after a day full of computer and mobile screens
- These become a source of exercise for not only our body but also our eyes which get free time from mobile and tv screens
- Going shopping instead of requesting everything on the web from home
- This needn’t be explained as shopping has always proved to be a stress reliever for not only women but men too
- Now our wallets might complain a little but hey! Ever heard of window shopping?
- Talking more with our family and friends- face to face
- Social media did connect us to people far away but what about the ones next to us?
- Won’t it be awesome if the freshness and understanding of our close relationships are not lost even when we’re busy chatting with someone in another part of the world?
- Restricting the utilization of tech access for our kids
- This is of utter importance as making children busy on mobile phones has become very common nowadays
- The situation is very unhealthy as it hinders their development to a large extent
- Letting them out to play, the introduction of recreational activities has become very necessary
- Turning off our Wi-Fi/data routers for specific periods every day
All are techniques for digital detoxification, simply on a scale that will not make our gadgets’ notifications go out of control and furthermore help in keeping the selfie-prompted uneasiness under control.
For the forthcoming year, do your best to make time each day when you disconnect entirely and yes that includes Youtube and Netflix.
Give the techniques we mentioned above, to help you connect with the real world. We guarantee that you’ll gradually see the change you are looking for.