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The use of technology is practically inevitable in our modern world. We use smartphones, computers, and other devices to communicate, work, and entertain ourselves. Technology connects us and offers numerous additional advantages in daily life.

Unfortunately, the constant connection to devices has left the average American spending roughly seven and a half hours on digital devices every day. The same technology that connects us may also be causing disturbances to sleep, relationships, and overall well-being. Fortunately, a digital detox may help. 

A digital detox is an escape from technology meant to offset the negative impacts associated with being on a smartphone or other devices for a significant portion of the day. Dive deeper into what a digital detox entails, how to perform one, and the benefits of disconnecting. 

What Is a Digital Detox?

The term “digital detox” refers to a period that a person spends away from his or her smartphone, computer, television, and other digital devices. The goal is to experience life without the distraction of checking emails, scrolling through social media, texting, or being otherwise distracted by a device. 

There are no set guidelines for undergoing a digital detox. The concept simply involves taking a break from devices for a specified amount of time. The timeframe may range from a few hours to a few days or even a few months.

The Downfalls of Digital

The thought of peeling yourself away from your phone for any period may sound daunting. However, the harm caused by constant digital connection is even scarier. 

The following are some of the most common problems associated with overusing smartphones and other devices:

  • Sleep disruption
  • Social comparisons or a fear of missing out 
  • Reduced in-person interactions, leading to isolation
  • Stress/anxiety associated with being away from the smartphone or other device
  • Disruption to a positive work-life balance
  • Cyberbullying

Benefits of a Digital Detox

Fortunately, the solution to the problems caused by overusing smartphones, tablets, televisions, and other devices is relatively simple. You must forego using these devices for a determined amount of time via a digital detox. 

The benefits of a digital detox are numerous and include the following:

  • Reduced stress due to limiting consumption of news and other anxiety-inducing content
  • Superior concentration
  • Better in-person social interactions
  • More free time to pursue other interests
  • Superior self-confidence and fewer feelings of insecurity

How to Perform a Digital Detox

Discontinuing the use of digital devices for a determined timeframe may be more difficult than expected. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to make the transition easier.

Determine What You Want to Change

People are attached to their devices in different ways. It’s important to determine the issue that’s affecting you most. Are you wasting hours per day scrolling through Instagram? Or, do you find yourself obsessively checking news outlets? 

Set Your Time Limit

Create a specific timeframe during which you will discontinue the use of digital devices. 

Ask for Support

Your friends and family can help you succeed during your digital detox. Share your mission with your support system, so they can hold you accountable. Encourage them to spend time off their devices with you by going for a walk, working on a puzzle, or trying a new recipe.  

Celebrate Progress

While the concept of a digital detox is simple, kicking some habits associated with technology can be complex. Keep track of your progress and report any improvements you experience. Once you notice the benefits, you’ll feel more inspired to keep your digital detox going.

There’s no denying that smartphones and other digital devices make many aspects of life more convenient. However, taking a break from these devices and learning to use them healthily can lead to a happier, more productive life. 

Author bio: David Rolls is the owner of MasterPieces, a manufacturer of high-quality jigsaw puzzles, games, toys, and sports items. Rolls has more than 25 years of experience in the puzzle industry and focuses on leading with innovation and cutting-edge designs.