What if we were to value our attention like we value money?
What radically changed my relationship with social media, or why I quit social media, was when I learned about the attention economy.Continue reading “Value your attention”
These past few weeks, I gave myself permission to cave into my digital addiction while going through many unpleasant life changes.
Practicing digital wellness requires mindfulness, discipline, and dedication, which I felt I didn’t have the energy for. So, I held on tightly to my phone and binged on the internet day after day to escape the discomfort of dealing with my reality.
The internet provided an easy and fast escape from my emotions.
I unblocked Safari. I binged on articles, blogs, forums, and YouTube videos for hours. I stayed up all night on my phone until I fell asleep from exhaustion. I relapsed to being an information junkie.
My phone became an emotional crutch, dutifully providing comfort and escape, one article (and another inspiring blog post!) at a time.
I wouldn’t have been inspired to write this post if it didn’t dawn on me yesterday that I’m experiencing physical effects from my excessive digital use.
My eyes feel strained. I feel lethargic. I have constant minor headaches. I feel aimless if I’m not glued to a screen. I can’t fall asleep without my phone. Few of the many reasons I have been practising digital wellness for the past few years.
I knew it was time for a digital detox.Continue reading “It’s time for a digital detox”
Once upon a time, a high school student tells a group of her peers and adults that she has deleted all her social media accounts for an unspecified period of time. She explains that she is spending too much time on social media, comparing herself to people online.
Everyone nods in agreement relating to the side-effects she listed for her decision.
‘What do you do instead?!’ one peer asks, ludicrously.
We all laugh.
Most of us turn to our digital devices often because the alternative sucks.
Note: This post is a way overdue follow up to the National Unplugging Day article on my experience unplugging.
According to a study by the World Economic Forum, digital media users spend more hours online than they sleep, yet only half believe it improves their quality of life.Continue reading “Unplugging: A digital detox experiment”
When your phone buzzes or a notification pops up your screen, do you stop what you’re doing to look and respond?
Do you have multiple devices constantly competing for your attention at all times?
Do you find it hard to sit still for a bit without checking your phone or social media feeds?
Have you been looking for ideas to unplug, without having to depend on sheer willpower followed by pure defeat?Continue reading “Take the Pledge! #NationalDayofUnplugging2019”