It’s Time To Schedule A Digital Detox- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM
“ALMOST EVERYTHING WILL WORK AGAIN IF YOU UNPLUG IT FOR A FEW MINUTES, INCLUDING YOU.”—ANN LAMOTT
So many aspects of our lives have been positively impacted by new technology, but there comes a point when we have to ask: How much is too much?
We tend to start the conversation by looking at the behaviors of our children. A decade ago, we were outraged that children were watching 4 1/2 hours of television per day. Then came the rise of smart phones, cheap(er) Internet and computers, and social media. These days “low” total screen time for teenagers is described as between 18-22 hours and the “above average” end of the spectrum is well above 50 hours per week. Even our kindergartners are using tablets in the classroom.
Now, adults are likely more plugged in than children. Many jobs require 40 hours per week of screen time, not to mention the hours we spend on Netflix, scrolling through our phones, taking pictures, posting to social media, or perusing the Internet outside of work. Long gone are the days of Internet cafes and slow connections. Tech savvy and plugged-in is the new normal.
According to Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing Our Brains,
“WE GOT THE GREAT REWARDS OF HAVING BASICALLY UNLIMITED INFORMATION AT OUR FINGERTIPS, BUT THE COST OF THAT WAS WE CREATED A SYSTEM THAT KEPT US IN A STATE OF PERPETUAL DISTRACTION AND CONSTANT DISRUPTION.”
Beyond our decreasing attention span comes the perils of social media and Internet use gone wrong: low self-esteem, depression and compulsive or addictive behavior.
CRAVING A DIGITAL DETOX?
You probably don’t need studies to prove that too much screen time can have a negative, if not toxic, effect on your brain and sense of well-being. Step away from electronics for 24-48 hours to restore some peace of mind and cultivate a healthy perspective.
Discover our top tips.
Edited by Alison Baenen