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The importance of digital detox

Naseerah Nanabhai |
18 August 2023 | 19:00 CAT
2 min read

The digital world has transformed how we go about our daily lives, with the average person spending around 6 hours a day on their phones, connected to the internet. With most of the day spent online, we are bombarded with technology, leaving little time for reflection and rejuvenation.

We find that some challenges of excessive technology use include information overload, constant distractions, and negative impacts on mental health and well-being, with the addictive nature of technology wearing away our focus, creativity, and ability to form deep connections.

Making it unduly necessary to take a deliberate break from technology to unplug, recharge, and regain balance in our lives.

Disconnecting from technology can allow us to recharge our mental and emotional batteries, improve sleep quality, enhance productivity, and cultivate mindfulness and presence in the present moment.

Some essential digital detox tips include setting boundaries, creating technology-free zones or time blocks, and notifying others of your digital detox plans.

While a digital detox might leave you with a lot of extra time, finding alternative activities to fill the void left by technology may be helpful. These include spending time in nature, physical exercise, pursuing hobbies, reading books, or reconnecting with loved ones face-to-face. While doing so, you might find that these activities provide a refreshing change and help us rediscover the joy and fulfilment that can be found beyond the screens.

It is crucial to understand that a digital detox is not just a temporary break but an opportunity to reclaim your time, attention, and well-being. By consciously disconnecting from technology and embracing offline activities, we can cultivate balance, reduce stress, and reconnect with ourselves and the world. Let us embrace the power of unplugging, recharging and establishing a healthier relationship with technology.


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