Ahhh MySpace. That was my very first introduction to social media back in 2005. I soon followed with a Facebook account, then Twitter and eventually Instagram. But several years later, I deleted them all except for Facebook, which I rarely use now. As a Generation X girl, I began to reflect on life before the Internet and how I used to spend my time. I wanted to make better use of my time by choosing to disconnect to reconnect in the real world.
Of course, having an online business means being online, but I didn’t need to extend it to social media distractions. By limiting my use of technology I created a win-win situation. I unsubscribed from newsletters, turned off notifications on my phone, signed out of Facebook and shut down my computer to reduce screen time.
Researchers have found that too much screen time can have a negative affect on your health and wellbeing. We put our brains through an exhausting physical workout, day in day out. The constant stimulation from our phones and computers never gives our minds a chance to truly rest. Next time your in a public place, take a look around you and you’ll find that at least one or more people engrossed in their phone.
Health Risks of Too Much Screen Time
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Impaired cognitive function
- Weight gain
- Reduced attention span
- Irritated eyes
- Social isolation and loneliness
Going on a digital detox can have tremendous benefits on the body and mind.
Benefits of a Digital Detox
- Gets your creative juices flowing
- Healthier relationships
- Face-to-face connections
- Better sleep
- More productive
- Improves physical health
- Increased happiness
There’s no denying that technology is incredible but being able to unplug and have some time away from the screen will leave you feeling refreshed and energized and more in touch with the world around you.
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