Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, likes, favs, followers, chats and so much more. We are the most connected we have ever been thanks to the wonderful world of the Internet. I love social media and the Internet as much as the next human but I can’t help but feel we have got far too reliant on it!
Think about this; what is the last thing you do before going to sleep? The first thing you do when you wake up? When you go for breakfast and your food arrives, what do you do first?
You Instagram that babin’ plate of avo & eggs, because that’s what we do these days.
My thoughts on a ‘digital detox’ first came to me when I was binge watching ‘Friends’ (a standard day). I noticed that even in the later episodes, where mobile phones were around, there were none in sight. The friends all sat in the coffee shop chatting…actually talking to each other. I realise this is a TV show but I can’t help but thinking that if the show was remade now, that sofa would be filled with 6 people looking down at their phones or Instagramming their coffee.
A moment of realisation hit me when I saw this photo:
Photo credit: E!online
I think it sums up the massive advances in technology and the astonishing effects that has had on us. The photo speaks volumes and just shows how we can get so caught up in capturing the moment through a screen that we forget to enjoy and live the moment.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t just post an Instagram photo and it ends there, I have to check Instagram regularly to see everyone else’s photos, I have to keep up with what people are saying and trends on Twitter and I have to pin all the aesthetically pleasing photos on Pinterest. That takes up a LOT of my time during the average day. As well as, y’know having a full time job to contend with aswell!
So I made the decision to start a digital detox just once a week (to begin with) and see how I felt afterwards.
I told my husband about it and insisted he did the same so we could spend time talking to each other in the evenings and not luring Pokemon to where we live.
We put our phones down, turned off the iPad and ate dinner while chatting about our day, the only time I looked at my phone that evening was to set my alarm for the following day.
I slept well (which is nothing new) but what I did feel was more relaxed. More unplugged from the world and more present in MY world. Away from the online land of comparisons and hashtags and do you know what? It felt pretty darn good!
So good that I am making a conscious effort to unplug each week and completely relax. It’s like giving your brain a little reboot which I think is something we all need these days, isn’t it?!
I challenge you to unplug and enjoy a digital detox once a week and let me know how you feel afterwards…the Internet will still be there once you log back on.