Ever heard of Mindful Technology™? Between smart phones, tablets, laptops, and HD televisions, millions of Americans are constantly engaged with their electronic devices. Technology can be a great addition to anyone’s life, but it can also be bad for your mental health. Here are some technology detox tips you don’t wanna miss.
A survey by TeleNav, a technology firm, says that 40 percent of Americans feel lonely without the Internet and 53 percent of Americans feel upset when deprived from their electronic devices. Dr. Rosen, an expert in technology psychology, tells Yahoo that these feelings may lead to “iDisorder.” A tech-obsessed person may live in “a state of artificial urgency” like texting during dinner or checking their email in the middle of the night.
If you find yourself constantly using electronic devices than maybe it’s time to consider a technology detox. Try giving up all computers, televisions, phones, and tablets for a set amount of time.
Here are some great technology detox tips:
- Baby steps. For some people the idea of giving up their laptop completely makes them anxious. If this is how you feel consider taking baby steps. Start with one electronic free evening per week. Slowly extend the time, aiming for electronic free weekends or seven days tech-free.
- A family affair. If you want to have a successful detox, get the whole family involved. If all electronic devices in the house are turned off, you’re less likely to be tempted.
- Plan ahead. If you’re planning a tech-detox you need to plan ahead. Have activities prepared. Get a book from the library. Dust off those old family board games. Take up a hobby. Go to the park.
- Give notice. If you know that you’re going to be out of reach by phone and email, be sure to give family, friends, and co-workers a heads-up.
- Learn from the experience. Hurrying back to your electronics after a detox is no way to grow from the experience. After your tech free days gradually bring electronics back in your life. Consider using technology in moderation like set times during the day. Over time you may find that you’ll miss your devices less and less.