Honestly, if you would’ve told me 2 years ago I’d be writing about the benefits of tech detox I would’ve laughed in your face. However, look around and you’ll find so many people glued to their phones (including me!) that even if you want to laugh at the matter now it’s still a hard truth. Plus, you don’t know how bad you depend on technology until you’re in a position where you can’t use it.
What is detox? A process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.
In this case we’re talking about going without internet, social media and more for a period of time. Willingly or unwillingly. In my case it was a 50/50 between both when I went on a 5 day cruise. Unwilling because it’s not my fault I’m in the middle of nowhere in the ocean without service, but willingly because I chose not to pay $20 per day for the cruise wifi.
This put me in a detox path and I discovered the benefits of going offline for a number of days in order to restore some balance to myself. Here’s what I learned:
I choose to have social media; it doesn’t rule me – I learned that whenever I open a social media app it’s a choice I make and I’m not tied to it. When I was offline for those 5 days I missed nothing of what those apps give me and I realized that fortunately they don’t govern me like they do others. This could always change, mind you, if I don’t maintain my own personal balance/reality.
Got in touch with my relationship – This one was a bonus for my relationship since we’re always pretty in tune with each other, but whereas maybe a deep conversation would’ve ended and we would each go on our phones for a bit, we didn’t have that option so we would dive deeper into conversation. It’s a nice thing to do every once in a while.
Mental rest – This is real! Getting back home proved it 100%. I was able to think clearly about topics that were getting fuzzy in my head. You don’t know how mentally exhausted you can get from technology until you’re away from it and come back.
Renewed motivation – I cannot express how down I was feeling in terms of career, hobbies, passion and more before going offline. I got to a point where I couldn’t see any paths to help me get to where I wanted, but after the time off I’m really focused and ready to go.
I’m not here to preach on doing a digital/tech detox. This was something I found myself doing because of my circumstances, but seeing as it brought so much value to my day to day I thought I’d still share my thoughts/experience for any of you who wish to do this.
Just make sure to be completely offline for how many hours/days you want to be and have an end goal in mind.