A digital detox is a period of time when a person voluntarily refrains from using digital devices such as smartphones, computers, and social media platforms.
A digital detox is a period of time when a person voluntarily refrains from using digital devices such as smartphones, computers, and social media platforms.
Ashlyn Swanson

Digital detox: the need for balancing screen time in the age of technology

A digital detox is becoming more and more necessary in an environment where screens and constant connection dominate. There are many challenges surrounding excessive screen time, and there are many resources that suggest finding a good balance in people’s lives that are becoming increasingly reliant on technology.

Excessive screen use has many negative effects, including eye strain, disturbed sleep cycles, and physiological effects. Because of the addictiveness of digital devices, individuals’ relationships and general quality of life are affected. 

What is a digital detox?

“Detoxification” is the process of removing toxic substances or qualities. A “digital detox” is when someone takes a certain amount of time off from the devices and social media platforms that have invaded every part of daily lives.  

It’s important to make time to live in the present moment without being distracted by technology. This is the goal of a digital detox. It’s an opportunity to make personal connections with people again instead of interacting with them through a screen, relieve stress, and take a break from the constant connection.  

Technology has many benefits including changed jobs, increased productivity, improved transparency, and has overall made lives easier. However, all these benefits come with the cost of information overload, jobs at stake, increased multitasking, shorter attention spans, and issues with personal privacy.

There are several advantages to taking a digital detox for one’s physical and emotional health. People may disconnect from the never-ending flow of information by unplugging from their screens, which lowers stress and encourages mental focus.  By promoting in-person contact and strengthening relationships, it creates greater connections with people. A digital detox also offers the chance to regain interest, expand creativity, and boost general productivity. People who disconnect from technology may have improved sleep, improved self-awareness, and greater mindfulness, all of which can lead to a more contented and balanced way of living.

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Ashlyn Swanson, Journalist
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