Spending too much time on your phone?
Obsessed with online gaming?
Not living in the real word?
Digital detox refers to a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic connecting devices such as smartphones and computers. It is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress, focus more on social interaction and connection with nature in the physical world.
Four weeks before my GCSEs began I wanted to increase my productivity when it came to revision in order to achieve the best grades I could. I decided the best way for me to do this would be to remove myself from social media for that upcoming month.
I was initially very surprised about the drastic increase in revision I was able to achieve in one evening. Instead of getting home from school and spending time scrolling through my Twitter timeline I was able to get on with work and actually achieve the goals I had set for that evening. People often discuss the issue surrounding FOMO (the fear of missing out) and it's true that in the first few days of my break it felt rather strange to not know what everyone in my year group was up to.
However, by the end of the first week I noticed a change not only in the amount of revision I was doing but also in my mental health. Steering away from social media prevented me from being able to compare myself to others when it came to the amount of revision they were doing. I became a lot happier as I felt I was only having to worry about my stresses and was no longer surrounded by the negative energy that is often prominent online.
I'm in the middle of my exams now and since they began I decided I would dip in and out of social media. However, I mainly use it to stay up to date with end of year plans and talk to friends that are not at my school. Since my four week break I realised I was more than capable of surviving without social media and I'm definitely not as reliant on it as I once was.
If you are not fully convinced that the Digital Detox is for you why not give it a try for one day. If you notice a difference then maybe try one of the more challenging programs.
If not then maybe it just isn't the right time for you to take back control of your life.
Not ready for the full on Digital Detox Extreme but recognise that you do need to make some changes.
Try the Steps Challenge. A four week program designed to allow you to increase the amount of time you withdraw from the digital world.
Week 1 - one day
Week 2 - two days
Week 3 - three days
Week 4 - four days.
At the end of the four weeks you decide how much time you need to gain back and then set your own plan.
Designed for those people who recognise they are completely addicted to the digital world or perhaps need a complete break.
Great for those that want to unwind and enjoy a holiday or perhaps for those preparing for exams or who have an important deadline to meet.
You decide how long you want to take a break.