My digital — what? Digital Detox. At first, we’re getting more and more iPhones, iPads, Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. As soon as our faces are glowing in the blue/green light of the displays, we’re told: “Hey, it’s time for your digital detox!” The digital detox is supposed to help you outgrow your digital addiction to electronic devices.
Where does the “digital detox” come from?
The trend to “purify” our lives on a natural basis is ongoing. We read guidebooks on how to sleep better and use bio-cosmetics for a more natural life, we obsess over where our food is coming from, and grab the latest IoT gadgets to enhance our sportive activities. The “digital detox” movement originated in the US (California – where else 😉 ) and enables an organized detachment from digital devices. In the last few year, digital detox camps have sprung up like mushrooms and people pay $600 and more to join them.
What do you do in such “digital detox camps”?
In these camps, people put their digital devices aside and it’s strictly forbidden to use them. They participate in organized activities such as Yoga, painting workshops, “capture the flag” games, or even “naked connectedness”. For the last activity, 20 people are brought together in a tent, strip to the buff, and talk about their physical uncertainties. Until now, most camp participants have been female which means this also might be a great opportunity for single men. 😛
But you don’t necessarily have to pay such a large amount or strip yourself naked to unchain yourself from your digital dependencies! There are also actions you can do all by yourself. Don’t start all of them at the same – try to change your habits step-by-step.
Here are 5 tips to detox your digital activities and more important: yourself
#1 – create two lists
First of all, create two lists: The first list contains all your gadgets which will show your addiction to technology. The second list should contain all the things which you enjoy doing in life — but aren’t doing presently. Do you already realize how you could do more meaningful things than checking the latest tweets or updates to your Facebook stream? If not: Limit the daily usage time of your technical stuff and you will have more time for the meaningful things. And yes, this might be the tip which will become the hardest to realize.
#2 – no emails after 7pm
This is easy: Don’t read your working related emails after 7pm (but you’re on an emergency list). If that doesn’t work with your employer try to agree upon a certain time you don’t have to read your emails anymore. Your employer might be interested in your physical and mental health, too.
#3 – ban devices from the dining table
The evening meal should be celebrated! It’s the sign for the end of your working day. You also have to think about different stuff than your work and therefore it’s time to talk with your beloved one’s. Nothing disturbs a good talk more than the continuous looks at a smartphone.
#4 – celebrate mobile-free weekends
Switch off your mobile devices for a Saturday, a Sunday or even for a whole weekend! You’ll be surprised how much time you’ll have for other things.
#5 – on vacation: put your mobile in the hotel safe
Your vacation is your free time, too. While you’re on vacation it will not be the end of the world if you do not check your emails. Make sure to organize one or even more replacements for your duties! With this (mental) preparation you will be able to enjoy your vacation without any working related interruptions.
The following video complains about the increased usage of smartphones. Considering this fact, it was shared via YouTube a lot. But it’s a quite good conclusion for this article and might change one’s mind, too.
Sounds easy for you? Then try it!
I’m addicted to technology myself and by writing this article I thought about trying some of the tips myself. Starting with something easy, I’ll try out the smartphone-free Saturday. Maybe this could be a start for you, too? If you do so, share your experiences with us and what your further steps to detox your digital life are.