Why You Should Participate in a Digital Detox!

What exactly is a digital detox? It is a period of time one should refrain from using tech devices such as social media, smartphones, tablets, computers, and television. This is a great way to focus on the things right in front of you without distractions. This detox can also allow you to let go of built-up stress that stems from constant connectivity.

Most people are immersed in the digital world as a way of life. Some reports indicate on average U.S. adults spend around 11 hours each day on some form of electronics. This can be listening to music, watching television, reading, or being on social media. Though technology addiction is not formally recognized as a disorder in the DSM-5, many experts believe overuse of tech and devices is becoming a behavioral addiction, which can lead to added problems.

Some common problems of too much electronics can contribute to the following:

  1. Significant Source of Stress
  2. Interference with Sleep Quality and Quantity
  3. Increased Symptoms of ADHD and Conduct Disorder, and self-regulation
  4. Difficulty in Creating Boundaries with Work/Home Life
  5. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

If any of these are causing you problems consider setting limits on how much digital activity you have during the day. Consider putting your phone away during meals or when spending time with family and friends. Limit social media activity to 30 minutes per day. Put down your phone an hour before bedtime to give your brain time to relax and shut off. Reading a book or magazine is another option before bed.

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