Take a second to think about how much different your life would be if you had never heard of social media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Now, imagine a life without a smartphone that can tell you everything from your location in the world to the latest stock updates to the latest information about every major and minor celebrity.
There’s no denying it would be something altogether different from what we’ve become accustomed to in this here highly digital world we live in. It’s a world where unplugging can be almost impossible, as so many of our family members, friends and colleagues have switched to highly digital channels for communicating with each other. But what if we made a legitimate commitment to breaking from this world of digital? What, exactly, might be the outcome of a determined digital detox?
1. Snap the Addiction
It’s remarkably easy to become addicted to a smartphone. The name alone is enticing and not at all misleading: smartphones allow us to do so much more than talk to people; we can use them to access a world of ideas via the world wide web. We can also listen to music, find parking, check the weather, plot a course to our next destination, shop for a car, guitar, kitchen utensils. Today, there’s an almost endless list of things you can do with a device that can fit in the average front pocket of a pair of jeans. No wonder a growing number of smartphone users claim they can’t go without their phones for more than a few hours at a time.
The advantages of putting the phone aside for a while each day are numerous. At first, the move will be difficult for someone accustomed to having a wealth of information at their fingertips. But the feeling will subside, along with some feelings of anxiety and even, possibly, depression. You may even find yourself starting to relax more, hear and see things you might have otherwise missed, and will likely have a much easier time slipping away into sleep at the end of the day.