Digital detox is a big thing these days. There are even retreats based on this concept. Don’t rely on your phone or the Internet. Look outside & see the world through something that’s not an Instagram filter. Take a day per week “off”.
While I don’t disagree that being attached to your phone makes you in some kind of codependent relationship with an inanimate object, I disagree that the problem is solved by ignoring your phone. In fact, I think the digital “problem” is looked at the wrong way.
A digital detox isn’t about seeing the friends in your phone as wrong. I don’t actually think that most people are that addicted to their phone and notifications that it impacts the other parts of their lives. I think the problem needs re-framing. It’s about ensuring habits and people are sustainable and are the type of influence that you want in your life.
I have chosen that the internet will be a positive place. I therefore have given myself permission to use the mute, un-friend or block buttons across social media accounts. I think that everyone needs to do this. What someone else posts on social media; how they behave and everything else associated with them is outside your control.
Precisely because this is outside your control, you need to take the responsibility of creating the online space to be the way you want it to be. Which is where choosing who you follow and what you let in is critical.
I think that controlling and moderating what you see online will reduce the need for a digital detox, because it is the real digital detox. With fewer negative influences, it creates a positive online space and “fits” in with you.
I’m not saying that you should never do a “traditional” detox and turn your phone off. I’m just saying that with a little though and control, the need for it is greatly reduced.
Have you ever done a digital detox? Do you control who you follow online?