Never before has it been so important to have a digital detox. In our human history the internet, social media, smart phones and ipads are all relatively new but for some growing up in this age it's all they know.
I am grateful that I grew up in a time before social media and the internet. When we played outside in the sunshine or the rain. When we used our imagination and creativity to play and have fun. Now I think when I go outside where have the children gone? I live in a beautiful part of rural Somerset with plenty of opportunities for families to explore, be creative, have fun and be children. Now I see children being parented by Ipads and Netflix.
It breaks my heart to see families sitting around a table in a café all engaged but not with each other. They are looking down engaged and making eye contact with technology.
I am grateful that when I travelled it was a true adventure - back packing through India, Indonesia, Egypt and Africa with no contact with the outside world - that was truly a wonderful and exciting adventure. Now in this time of over sharing they constantly flood our feeds with selfies, travel photos, updates and check ins (and in the past I have been guilty of that).
Don't get me wrong I love seeing what others are doing and experiencing and in some ways I am experiencing their joy and excitement but it also feels slightly false. We show off our best bits but hide the rest.
A couple of months ago I had a digital fast or as some call a digital detox. For one month I closed my facebook account and stopped using twitter. I also turned emails off my phone, stopped using my phone as my alarm, turned off data roaming and WiFi.
The result was I felt free, more creative, and focussed. I had more time and I became much more productive.
I do not use social media that much but still I hadn't realised how much I had became a slave to it. How much it was engrained into my life. When using my laptop I automatically just logged on to facebook - it was such an unconscious act.
My family live in Australia and I have friends scattered across all ends of the world so I do appreciate how technology has evolved as I do love the ability for instant communication. But I am no longer a slave to it. I am in control and decide when and how I want to use it.
My next post will be some tips to get more control over your social media and internet use - before it controls you.
Are you ready for digital detox from social media and the internet? What are your thoughts do you use the internet too much and addicted to facebook and other social media apps? I would love to hear from you please add your comment and thoughts at the bottom of this article.
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