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Digital detox refers to 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.1 This term refers to the switching off of all mobile devices for a certain length of time and not answering any emails and text messages. This gives the person a chance to rest the brain and recharge the spirit.
It is very important to personally interact with the people around us. However, mobile devices can be a major distraction from such interactions. Some are the signs when someone is in need of digital detox:
- You are not getting as much done as you would like each day;
- Your partners have the concept that you are always “on call” even when you are at home or outside the office;
- You obsessively check your social media feeds;
- You are prioritizing your phone over your family or personal needs; and
- You feel anxious when you go without your cellular phone.
Listed below are some of the positive effects of digital detox:
- You will strengthen your relationship with other people;
- You will boost your productivity;
- You will increase your attention span;
- You will have a better sleep;
- You will start appreciating other things in life; and
- You will feel calm and relaxed.
PNP personnel and the public are advised to follow the best practices to digitally detoxify themselves:
- Delete accounts that you no longer use.
- Give yourself some space and start appreciating the people around you.
- Set your accounts as private.
- Challenge yourself to limit the use of digital devices.
- Stay off ALL your social media accounts for at least 24 hours.
- Take short technology breaks throughout the day.
- Tell your family and friends when you are unreachable.
- Inform important people on how to reach you.
- Place your gadgets in a secured place while you are taking a break from technology.
- Do not go to bed with your phone.
- Charge your phone far away from you.
- Do not use your phone to listen to music while working out at the gym or jogging.
- Spend longer hours on activities that will detach you from your devices.
- When in the office, turn off settings of push notifications for social media apps.
- Set a specific time in the day to check your accounts and set a time limit.
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