Digitalization has opened up new doors about how we communicate, work, and relax in our daily lives. More often than not, we’re spending large chunks of our days online or in front of screens. When we return home from spending an entire day looking at a desktop screen, we often embark on similar paths by spending the rest of the night looking at our smartphone or television screens.
Why consider a digital detox? To start, spending too much time staring at screens can have direct, negative impacts on our physical and emotional health. And for the thousands of Americans who are using screens to complete work during, and well-beyond the traditional office hours, it’s no surprise that productivity levels decrease, stress levels rise, and moods turn sour.
Digital detoxes are more common than you think.
We embark on detoxes in many areas of our life. Perhaps we’ve eaten too many sugary sweets during the holidays and need a January cleanse. Maybe we’d like to limit the amount of martini’s we drink at night. Your next step? Restrict your consumption of post-work drinks for a month.
The truth is, no matter what we’d like to detox from, the important step is realizing the need for an intervention. And just like any of the vices listed above, taking a break from our digital lives can offer significant improvements on how we work, play, learn, and live.
Ready to get started? Take a look at Stephen Koppekin’s digital detox guide here.