What is a Digital Detox?
How much digital consumption is too much?
- If you don’t leave your phone while eating, drinking, and in the loo, then it’s too much!
- If you sleep with your phone and wake up abruptly to check the notification, then it’s too much!
- If you feel dysfunctional without a phone, again too much!
- If you suffer from NOMOPHOBIA (NO MOBILE PHONE): A state in which one is always worried about losing his/her phone.
- If you have the habit of watching all the episodes of popular TV series in one day or in one night, then it’s definitely too much!
7 Ways to Perform Digital Detox
- Think before you act: – Next time before picking up your smartphone to check the Facebook notification think whether it deserves your attention and is it worth ignoring your family for a notification!
- Limit your Daily Digital Time: – Make a time table about how much time and when you will use your smartphone. Try not to use it when you enter the home after office, during the dinner time and an hour before sleep.
- Mute Notifications or Enable Airplane Mode: Mute notifications when you are with your family and when you are hosting a party.
- Switch off the phone before going to sleep: Switch off the phone else you will wake up in the middle of the night to check the notifications and this lack of sound sleep will affect your overall wellbeing.
- Indulge in some fun activities: It’s easy to turn off the phone but it’s hard to keep it like that for more than a minute! To stay away from your phone you have to divert your attention to something much more entertaining than that. Go out for a walk, play with your kids, go for a long drive or binge on some ice-creams at the nearest ice-cream station.
- Travel without phone: When you go for weekend getaways or step out to have a Sunday brunch with your friends try not to take your phone along.
- Greet your guests with your attention: If you are someone who is always on the phone even when your friends have come to your place then you won’t be termed as a ‘good host’. So to be one, you have to keep your phone aside and greet them with your uninterrupted attention.