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Do the Digital Detox

What’s the point of taking a break from screens?

How much time do you spend staring at a screen each day? If you’re not sure, track it. The number of hours may surprise you. In fact, the average person spends eight hours of their day looking at a screen, possibly more time than they spend sleeping. When you add up how many hours you work on the computer, watch television in the evening, and check your phone throughout the day, you realize how big a part of your life technology has become.

Yes, there’s no question that technology is a good thing that’s here to stay. But there comes a point when you have too much of a good thing. You may not realize how screen time is negatively affecting your life until someone points it out. This article is meant to do just that.

Not sure if you need a digital detox? Here are six reasons to consider giving it a try. Whether a few hours, a day, or a whole month, a digital detox is time spent away from devices such as smartphones, computers, tablets, and televisions. The goal isn’t to see technology as something bad. It’s to lower your stress level, focus on meaningful interactions, and live life undistracted.

Manage Stress

Through technology you check emails, get reminders, read controversial social media posts, see news headlines, and remember deadlines. Stress is a part of life, and it can be exacerbated by screen time. If you feel your stress level is harming your health, take a break from screens. It may be awkward at first, but give it time. Your stress levels may drop.

Sleep Better

Have trouble falling or staying asleep at night? Your devices may be to blame. The blue light emitted from screens disrupts melatonin production. When your melatonin production drops, it’s harder to get a good night’s rest. Watching television or looking at your phone right before bed may also keep your mind and body from relaxing in order to get restful sleep. Turn it off and sleep better.

Reconnect with Others

You’re in the same room, but everyone’s staring at their screens. It’s clear that technology can prevent you from having meaningful interactions with those around you. If you feel disconnected, distant, or lonely, it’s time to try a digital detox. Have real conversations, look others in the eye, and spend quality time with people without being distracted by your phones. It’ll do your relationships good.

Increase Productivity

Technology can increase your productivity. Used wrongly, it can bring your productivity to a screeching halt. It’s amazing how much time you can waste scrolling through social media, surfing the internet, or playing games. When you notice you’re not being productive or that work and projects are taking more time than they should, you may benefit from a digital detox.

Foster Contentment

Studies show that time spent on social media breeds discontent. You compare your life to others’ lives. You get jealous of friends and the fun experiences others have. You experience an ever-growing fear of missing out (FOMO). Adolescents are especially at risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, decreased attention span, lowered self-esteem, and a lack of self-regulation after spending time on technology. Digital detox can help with all these issues.

Stop the Addiction

Are you nervous without your phone by your side? Feel compelled to constantly check for messages, likes, or posts no matter what you’re doing or who you’re with? If so, you’re likely addicted to your phone. Taking a digital detox won’t be easy, but it may be what you need to regain a healthy relationship with technology and break your bad habits. Start today and reap the rewards for the rest of your life!