The ongoing compulsion to check email (three accounts), my social feeds, and even the weather puts me in a state of blah. It’s like the typing, scrolling and gawking make me feel occupied, but really it’s zoning me out.
And the worst part is I barely recognize the signs of succumbing to such a slump. Whenever there is a two second window of inactivity, I turn to my phone. It’s become my knee jerk reaction to the lull.
Last week on my job I tried something new–I left my phone in the other room while I was working on set. After the initial withdrawal of fidgety fingers, I felt liberated. Having no device to log into freed me up to connect with others, and notice what was really going on. One thing that did stand out was how obsessed everyone was with their phones. I felt like the sober person at a party with all drunks — they were all about the consumption.
A digital detox can be as hardcore, or as subtle as you choose. You can leave your phone at home for a quick errand. Or you can stash it away for an entire day. The purpose is to pull away long enough to give yourself an opportunity to engage with the world beyond your fingertips.
Would you ever do a digital detox?
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