This Is Your Reminder to Take That Annual Digital Life Detox

Have you considered lately how much time you're spending online? Many of us spend a huge portion of our days using technology and experiencing the world through our screens. Research shows the average internet user spends 147 minutes on social media each day. (Guilty!) This figure doesn’t include further time spent browsing online, playing games, or streaming digital content. So, it’s safe to say we could all benefit from a little no-tech time before our necks fall off and our eyes turn square!

The digitalization of the world has brought so many benefits, and many daily tasks can be completed effortlessly online for sure. But spending too much time online can harm your physical health, leading to high blood pressure, eye strain, and sleep problems. Lots of time spent online can also lead to anxiety, depression, stress, and fear of missing out (FOMO) by the comparison of highlight reels diminishing our own existence. 

While there may be some negative effects resulting from spending lots of time online, you don’t need to entirely give up your browsing habit just yet. Instead, performing a digital detox can be a great help. Here are some ideas to help you give your digital life a detox:

 

Give Your Online Security a Health Check

Not only are we at risk of tech-neck and accidental credit card damage with our online habits, but we also make ourselves vulnerable to cybercriminals every single day. Do you know how safe your devices are? Keeping your devices and yourself protected when you are online is crucial. However, when you use something every day, it really is so easy to become complacent and fall victim to even the most sophisticated scams.

Guarding yourself against cybercrime and being aware of the dangers that hackers pose is vital to keep you protected. Taking steps to preserve your online security and assessing your exposure to potential issues should help to keep you safe. Learning how to change ip address on mac will help you avoid online trackers and the dangers that they can pose, as well as actually updating that internet security software you bought once upon a time. 

 

  • Don't shop from sites you don't trust, whether that's based on dodgy design, misspelling, reputation, or just a gut instinct
  • Don't save your card details when prompted, even though it's super tempting to never think about it again
  • Do change your passwords when advised, and choose sentence style passwords that are more complicated to hack
  • Do be aware of what apps and sites your children have access to, and how they can also easily access and share and any saved details on your devices unknowingly

 

Track Your Use

Monitoring how much time you spend online can be a real eye-opener, but it is a great way to detect any unhelpful browsing habits you may have picked up along the way. You may discover that you spend a lot of time mindlessly scrolling rather than reading anything of value. My rule of thumb is 3 scrolls, and if I'm not inspired to jump up and start creating, then put the device down!

Most apps and newer phones will alert you of how much time you've spent on social media - mine even tells me how much time spent on my phone whilst driving. Don't Device and drive, friends.

“When you find yourself using social media, ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” Is it because you’re feeling sad, bored, or lonely? Or is it to connect with friends and family? Once you determine what you are looking for, you can then set realistic goals for what kind of role social media will play in forming relationships and you can make sure you’re not using it in a self-sabotaging way. Remember, our attachments are primarily formed by our in-person interactions.”
– Paula Durlofsky

 

Curate Your Content

As excessive internet use is closely linked to mental health problems, it makes sense to carefully consider the content you are looking at online. It can be surprising to see just how many people you follow on social media and the impact their content has on you.

Attempting to be mindful of the type of content you subject yourself to is essential to preserve your mental well-being. One way to do this is to pay close attention when you are scrolling through social media and notice how you feel. Some content that you regularly read or watch may be making you indirectly feel shitty about yourself. If you notice that you start to compare yourself or fall into negative self-talk, you may need to reconsider the content you are exposing yourself to every day and choose more inspiring, uplifting, educational content over the braggy, victim mindset, or gossipy BS.

 

 

Live a Good Story

If you remember a time before cell phones and tablets, or even before the internet, let me tell you, it was freeing to live and let live. Sure, we documented memories in other ways but if you never did live through that time, you might want to consider experimenting with the experience for yourself and see what art of living you can create with it's freedom.

Whether it's a weekend off detox or a week, test yourself to withdraw from the distracting habit, settle into the presence of being right where you are and adopt a new healthier habit in it's place such as meditation, journaling, drawing, colouring, exercise, or actually completing that project you said you would "one day."

“During a digital detox, it’s common to have difficulty thinking clearly. That’s doubly true if this is your first detox. You’ll be unaccustomed to the fuzziness in your mind during the early stages.”
– Damon Zahariades

The time is now...and then feel free to show off your accomplishment on socials later!
The reward of living out your desires rather than just daydreaming about them
is the motivation of highly successful, naturally aspirated, and often happier humans.
Try it, and tell us how it goes.
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