Between social media, work-related tasks, and basic everyday use, many people are on their phones, laptops, and other devices for hours every day. Technology is a great way to stay connected with family and friends and to be aware of what’s going on in the world, but it can also be overwhelming. It’s easy to spend hours scrolling through your social media without even realizing how long you’ve been distracted. While some people choose to do a complete technology detox, removing all but the absolutely essential devices from their lives, you don’t have to be so extreme if you’re looking for ways to reduce your usage and spend more time doing non-techy activities.
A complete detox may not be possible
Removing all digital devices from daily life is simply not feasible for most people. Whether you want to admit it or not, you’re likely quite dependent on your phone and other devices, as are many others. You can set boundaries for yourself that reduce the amount of time spent online or prevent you from using technology when you have other things you should be doing. Use your technology to remind you when it’s time to step away by setting an alarm or reminder.
Find another hobby
Scrolling through various social media accounts, checking your email, and looking around in different apps can prevent your mind from being able to relax. When you decide to step away from technology, use your time to do something that helps you relax and unwind. For some people, this may include reading, or simply sitting outside watching the sunset. The importance of downtime, away from digital devices, will be obvious when you get into a habit of stepping away for a designated time period each day.
Technology is in most people’s lives to stay. Dependence on digital devices is not necessarily a bad thing as they can make life much easier. But overuse of technology can wreak havoc on your mental well-being. Schedule time for other activities and find ways to relax that don’t involve your phone or computer.