702 What Is a Digital Detox?

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A digital detox refers to a period of time when a person refrains from using tech devices such as smartphones, televisions, computers, tablets, and social media sites. “Detoxing” from digital devices is often seen as a way to focus on real-life social interactions without distractions. By forgoing digital devices, at least temporarily, people can let go of the stress that stems from constant connectivity.

For many people, being connected and immersed in the digital world is just a part of everyday life. According to research from the Nielsen Company, the average U.S. adult spends around 11 hours each day listening to, watching, reading, or interacting with media.

There are many reasons why you might want to give up your mobile phone and other devices for a brief time. You might want to enjoy time to yourself without the interference that your phone and other devices create. In other cases, you might feel like your device use has become excessive and is adding too much stress to your life.

I – Word Understanding
Detox – to get rid of (to stop using something)
Forgo – to give up

II – Have Your Say
1. Let’s talk about the tech devices that you use on a daily basis. How often do you use each and how important are these to you both at work and your personal life?
2. Which devices can you easily give up and which ones are difficult to give up?
3. If you want to try digital detox, how would you plan to do it?
4. Why do we need digital detox? Here are some reasons:
a. Technology can be stressful
b. Digital devices can disrupt sleep
c. Heavy device use may be linked to mental health concerns
d. Constant connectivity makes it hard to maintain work/life balance
e. Social comparison makes it hard to be content
f. Digital connectivity can make you feel like you’re missing out

702 What Is a Digital Detox?

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