We know all there is to know about detox programs. Good for your body, good for your mind, what’s not to love about them?
But digital detox? Now, that sounds absurd —almost impossible: Where do you even start?
But before I go on, let me quickly describe my digital habits: I don’t usually go online before 6:30 a.m., then on my morning commute I spend about an hour on social networks, and during my 10 a.m. break I check my tweets. At lunch, if I see that my colorful salad would look good on Instagram, I’ll post it; and later, while drinking my tea, I read my emails. On my evening commute, I go on various news websites on my smartphone and when I finally get home, I spend an average three hours online. Does that make me a digital addict?
Doing a digital detox means cutting myself off from the internet and no longer spending a fair chunk of my days on Facebook. Should I also get rid of my smart pedometer when I go for a run? Or my connected fork that monitors how fast I eat? But I need these things!
Read a book rather than my tablet? Sure, why not? How do I turn this thing on, again?
Today, taking a break from the digital world seems, well, virtually impossible —it often feels like closing the door to the world. Ironically, you can start your digital detox by … downloading a couple of apps on your phone, that will disable notifications from social media.
It can also be little things, like buying an alarm clock to avoid reaching for your phone to turn it off in the morning.
And then, with more time off the digital world, you remember that there’s something about meeting people, about talking to someone face to face and, experiencing life in real life, so to speak ...
I like that idea. I might even give it a try.