· LIFESTYLE ·
Cutting yourself off from technology for a while may sound like something you need from time to time. But if you're glued back to your gadgets the minute your detox is over, then what was the point? It's like going to rehab then running straight back to your phone addiction. So, no, you don't need a digital detox. What you do need is digital discipline.
Using tech irresponsibly can affect you negatively. It could leave you feeling unproductive because you are distracted by a tiny screen, it could affect your posture if you are constantly slouching in front of a computer and it could mess up your sleeping habits because you'd rather stay online than catch up on some quality ZZZs.
Technology is a beautiful thing but the way we use it is where the problem lies. Nowadays it is so integrated into quotidian activities, that's why we need to have self discipline so that we don't slip into terrible habits. Here are 3 things I find really helpful:
1. Turn Off Push Notifications
These are usually what gets you distracted in the first place and then next thing you know, you're down the rabbit hole and have spent 45 minutes on Facebook. Switch them off and dedicate time to go through all your notifications at once.
2. Swap Gadgets For Other Things
Although our smartphones are very helpful and we love them, there are other things we can play with. Swap your gadgets for pen and paper, magazines, books, board games and other offline things. We still need some entertainment, but this is just to limit the amount of time you spend looking at a screen.
3. Set Boundaries
Examples of places that should be "No Tech Zones" are the dinner table and your bed. This helps you to experience the world around you, interact with others and respect sleep time!
So the next time you feel like technology is taking over your life, remember to control yourself.