Faceebok, Twitter or other social media are not the devil’s tool. Just like tablets, smartphones or computers. At least as long as you can keep a balance between being able to use them and internal constraint. What are the signs that you could use a detox from the good of modern technology? And what will you gain by taking up the challenge?
On Saturday afternoon, you reply to work emails, spend half your meeting with friends on a social networking site, and do you remember the computer games you used to play on your tablet while on the beach? It can be a sign that you need to disconnect, i.e. “digital detox” (from English digital detox)? Why is it worth doing? What benefits can you count on?
Breath for your brain
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In addition, we force our brain to multitask for most of the week. The brain doesn’t like it. He doesn’t like it very much. Research shows that we can focus effectively on one thing. Any additional activity leads to a reduction in quality. It takes about three to five seconds for the brain to switch to new activity to switch to a new activity. Each of these activities consumes energy. The brain is one of the organs with the highest energy demand.
Short-term disconnection from emails, messages, updates, can give you a new boost of energy for the coming week and help you relax better. Two days without a computer have a very positive impact on the ability to concentrate and improve creativity. After such a detox mind has increased ease of distinguishing between so-called noise and signal, which allows us to distinguish valuable information from information that does not matter.
If you work in front of a computer every day, you may need it more than others. If you are still working or checking your work emails over the weekend, your brain identifies them as work-related activities and does not allow you to go from wakefulness to relaxation.
If you like your job, the load may be less or less noticeable. If you don’t like it – further problems may arise. As a result of evolution, the brain has become accustomed to remembering and warning us of threats. So if you are afraid of the next week, you start to enter a state of increased readiness. Along with wakefulness, cortisol and adrenaline begin to release. Now imagine that you spend every weekend of the year like this. It is very possible that you may have somatic signs of stress related to being in a state of continuous readiness.
Research by Kansas State University shows that even a one-day disconnection from the computer brings a significant decrease in cortisol and reduces the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. Our brain not bombarded with emails and messages can finally relax.
Cutting off from a computer, tablet or smartphone helps to improve sleep quality.
The screens of the latest electronic devices and some of the energy-saving light bulbs emit so-called “blue light”, close in brightness to the morning light. If we use the computer late into the night or watch companies on our new LCD, artificial blue light effectively deceives our brain by sending it with the iris information that it is still day. It makes it difficult to fall asleep. This is due to the fact that blue light impairs the production of melatonin’s “sleep hormone”.
Instead of artificial blue light, we can offer our body natural light that will allow it to function more efficiently and naturally.
Of course, you can’t sleep enough, but if we are unable to sleep longer during the week, it is good to have a better sleep at least during the weekend, if possible. The right number of hours of sleep is a personal matter, but seven to nine hours allow the body to regenerate and improve psychophysical condition.
Disconnect to connect
According to Stanford University research, it is estimated that every hour we spend interacting on the web shortens our interactions with real people by thirty minutes. Disconnecting from the virtual world therefore gives us a chance for a deeper and more complete relationship with our loved ones in the real world. If we are looking down all the time at the computer keyboard, we will most likely not be able to see the whole world and all the things that are happening around us.
FOMO – fear of missing new information
Sometimes it is worth making a short detox from the Internet to check whether you are not addicted to it or if you do not have FOMO. So what? FOMO is an acronym for the English word “Fear of Missing Out”, which means the internal urge to constantly check emails or write posts on social networks for fear of losing contact with potentially important information.
How to prepare for Digital Detox?
Plan: how long will your electronic post last, what will it look like?
Decide how long your detox will be. If you feel okay, let 24h be the minimum limit. The upper limit depends only on your determination and desire.
It is important for you to know, at least in outline, what you could do at times that were previously occupied by a computer or other media. After all, it is likely that you will gain a lot of free time. Think about what you would like to devote to. Maybe there is something you haven’t done yet and you would like or would like to indulge in some favorite activity?
Then just turn off your phone, computer, tablet. If you have a smartphone, you can enter the flight mode or simply turn it off. If you are not ready to go this far, turn off internet and all push up notifications.
Watch out for the temptation to reply to all the messages or messages you may have received during your detox. Observe how you feel now compared to when you were not connected to the network all the time. Consider whether it may be possible or necessary to limit some electronic activities.
A one-time detox done once a year is not enough to charge the batteries for the whole year. If possible, see if your weekly or monthly plan can fit similar digital posts in a more cyclical form.
Approach this detox rather as fun than for the next activity to pass. If you tend to abuse a computer / TV or the Internet, your brain generates a small portion of dopamine every time it gets a dose of electronics, which is a reward for receiving a stimulus. So the brain may not like it when you want to deprive it of the supply of rewarding substances. It is important not to treat digital detox as a time of passion and sacrifice, but as a period of regaining peace and inner harmony.