Digital Detox – The Real Deal
Let’s get personal – what’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Hit the snooze? Yawn? Stretch? Maybe stretch over to reach your smartphone? Granted your alarm may be on your phone, but the inevitable factor of you scrolling to check messages, emails, social media, your calendar etc. is exceedingly high. Which is why it’s not surprising that 79% of Americans check their phones within the first 15 minutes of waking up. So what’s the deal? Society has consumed us with vast and endless amounts of information that has become quite the appealing addiction. We’ve heard addiction relation to alcohol, substances, food, TV, and video games, but digital use with smartphones and the Internet set the same amount of craving and hold the subconscious mindset that creates the habit and pattern in a continuous vicious cycle. Too much consumption can truly derail you from reality, responsibility, the real world! Here are a few key indicators that you may want a digital detox:
- If you find yourself distracted at work because you’re constantly on your phone.
- Staring at photos you took on your phone when the present moment is still taking place right in front of you.
- Answering emails/texting while waiting in line, and at every stoplight.
- Obliviously walking into something, or someone, or into incoming traffic.
- That time you forgot your phone halfway through your commute, only to drive back and turn around for it regardless of time.
I implore everyone to set that phone down. Consciously create awareness and appreciation of what you physically have presented to you. The moment you do, you’ll feel a tremendous lift off your shoulders and a wonderful sense of freedom to relax your mind and realign yourself, with your best self.
Dickey, M. R. (2013). It’s Actually Disturbing How Often We Check Our Smartphones. Retrieved May 20, 2016, from http://www.businessinsider.com/smartphone-usage-2013-3
Written by Klara Albert, Marketing Coordinator at Emerson Ecologics.