Is it time that you had a digital detox?
If you find yourself reaching for your device several times an hour, glued to your screen when spending time with friends, or struggling to concentrate, then chances are it’s time to set down your phone.
Here CashLady looks at 5 signs that you need to unplug and embrace a digital detox.
When it’s time for a digital detox
It’s hardly surprising that we all need a digital detox now and again.
The online world has never offered so much.
From booking a taxi to ordering dinner, keeping in touch with friends, staying on top of the latest news, buying a new outfit and following the exploits of our favourite celebrities, it’s all there on our phones 24-7.
Yet if we want to fully enjoy life and boost our mental health then we must learn to spot when it’s time to separate from our phones and other digital devices.
When digital becomes dangerous
Speaking to the Telegraph, Charlotte Walsh, a partner at Digital Detox warns that too much reliance on the digital world can become dangerous, she says:
“Technology may be incredibly useful and educational and it undoubtedly allows us much creativity, connectivity and enjoyment. “
“But if it begins to distract you from doing what you should be doing – like your job or your education – or it negatively affects your relationships, or costs you more money than you can afford, then it starts to become dangerous…”
5 signs that you need a digital detox
Concerned that you are using your phone too much? Keep reading to help identify the signs that it’s time for a digital detox.
#1 Struggling to concentrate
A sure sign that it’s time for a digital detox is when you find your concentration lacking.
Skimming online articles and never getting to the end, jumping between apps and scrolling social media sites when watching a film all indicate that you’re using your device way more than you should.
This frantic online multi-tasking isn’t productive, and a study has even found that it can harm your ability to properly filter information.
#2 You can’t make decisions, or can you?
If you’re unsure whether you need a digital detox and are struggling to make up your mind about anything else, then it’s time to leave your phone at home and hang out in the real world.
Immediate access to your contacts, messages, apps and games might seem like a wonderful thing but the online world at your fingertips isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
Stop deferring to technology and instead keep your mind active and healthy by using your brain again.
A digital detox will help clear any mental fog and have you feeling sharper and more able to make up your mind.
#3 You panic without your phone
It’s time to schedule a digital detox if you feel like you can’t function without your phone.
If accidentally leaving your phone at home while you go to work leaves you feeling helpless then it’s definitely time to embrace a detox and remind yourself that you can survive – and even thrive, without your device.
Swap Google Maps for real maps, Whatsapp for proper conversations with friends and family and scrolling through social media for a spirit-lifting walk in nature.
You may be surprised at how much more connected and secure you feel after a deliberate day without your phone.
#4 Social media is making you feel bad about yourself
If you come away from Instagram and Facebook feeling like your life isn’t as good as other people’s, then it’s time for a digital detox.
Remember that what you see on social media is rarely real – it’s what people want you to see and is only a tiny part of the full picture.
Use your precious time wisely and productively and don’t fall into the trap of letting social media make you feel bad.
#5 You’re procrastinating
Failing to start or finish anything can be a sure sign that your productivity is suffering and that a digital detox will help regain your focus.
Technology has so much to offer and when used right can help us become more productive, but it can be hard to get much done when barraged by push notifications, pings and news alerts.
Studies have shown that mobile phones significantly inhibit concentration and our ability to get tasks finished, even when we don’t interact with the device – a simple chime is enough to derail a train of thought.
So, set down that phone for a day or two and get your productivity back on track.