I recently listened to an ‘Unmistakable Creative’ episode where the hosts discussed the digital detox. I’m a little late to this. Apparently, it became a “real-life” word in the Oxford Dictionary in August 2013:
A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.
That period of time is up to you. It can be anywhere from an hour to a week, or longer. I’m late to the word’s inclusion into the Oxford Dictionary, but it’s always been something that I’ve done whether a real term existed or not. As a kid, my parents would tell my siblings and I to stop watching TV or playing the Super Nintendo. This was replaced by other activities that didn’t involve looking at a screen — going for a walk, reading, drawing, etc.
Essentially, this is what the digital detox is; it’s been here all along. Fast forward to today and the practice remains the same. The difference is technology is so much more a part of our daily lives. It’s always on. So much so that policies like no phones at the dinner table are pretty well known. I’m on board with that one, as well as going for a walk/drive. As with any other aspect in life (finance, fitness, etc.), I think it’s important to find the right balance for you.
Do you have any policies/routines/rules when it comes to technology? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.