Let’s face it, we probably spend more time on social media (and online in general) than we would like to admit. According to a study, people check their social media an average of 17 times per day. Just to put things into perspective, that’s about once every waking hour. That’s insane! Tired of looking at the tops of people’s heads while I’m walking in the street, out with friends or having dinner, I’ve decided to advocate a digital detox. Now I love my social media as much as the next blogger, but recently I’ve made it a point to find activities that don’t involve being on my phone and the world just seems like such a different place (I promise I’m not being overdramatic). I notice streets that I’ve never walked down before, sounds I’ve never really paid attention to and become to mindful of the world around me.
Still don’t believe in the digital detox? Here are 5 reasons why you should:
You will be more mindful
Sure you want to capture every moment and share it with your friends. But ever notice that capturing that moment is never just one snap away… it’s actually 30 snaps away! Taking the time to put down your phone and live the moment Take it all in – the sounds, the smells, the sights, the emotions you’re feeling. That’s when the magic happens!
You will be far more productive
Think about all the time you spend on your phone or iPad mindlessly wandering around the web or playing games (I’m sure it’s a a lot of time). Now think about how productive you could be if you use that time constructively. Maybe you take an online course, read a book (the paper version), go for a walk or spend time with a friend. Whatever it is, it’s time you’ll spend enriching your life one way or another.
You will connect with people around you
It’s fact, if you’re not staring at your screen, you will probably be staring at the person in front of you. If you’re walking down the street, you might run into someone you know (and actually realize it). You might start a conversation and learn something new. You might connect with those you care most about and (re)discover something you never knew about them. Either way, you’ll be improving your relationships. Plus, human interactions have been known to have a positive impact on your health, just saying!
You will have more meaningful conversations
Ever been in a conversation where both sides think their right? Then one person whips out their phone to check their facts to settle the debate and that’s it, conversation over… and it, lasted 3 minutes. Whatever happened to conversations that last for hours? We are so quick to want to prove our point that all the debate that could actually tech us something (about the subject or the other person’s point of view) is extinct.
You will get to know yourself again
When life gets rough, most of us will use social media as an escape. And why not? With the millions of curated feeds out there showing off the highlights of other people’s lives, it’s the perfect distraction. It’s also the perfect way to lose sight of who we are and what makes us happy. Taking time to disconnect from social media is a great way to realize that you probably already do have it all, happiness included. You just can’t see it through the Mayfair filter.