I think it’s fair to say I’m not alone in needing to unplug myself from the online world. I must spend at least 12 hours a day online as part of my job and to run this blog. My phone is never far away from my hands and if it’s been a good day if I’ve not checked any social for at least an hour. My phone is the last thing I check at night and the first thing I look at in the morning, and with the average person checking their smartphone 150 times a day (I probably check it more!) I think I need a digital detox.
If you’re not sure what a digital detox is, it’s essentially a temporary break from technology and the internet. By having a break I’m hoping it’ll help me to focus on real life social interaction, be present in the ‘offline’ world and also help reduce internet induced stressed. So how am I going to have a break?
Well it helps that I’m off on holiday in June to a place where there is no Wi-Fi. Yep that’s right. No Wi-Fi. Now I’m only off to Portugal not the Amazon Jungle but my parent’s villa out there has no internet so I will be on a full digital detox. And I’m going to try and restrict myself from finding the nearest cafe that does free Wi-Fi. After all who wants to go for dinner or drinks will someone who spends the whole time on their phone?
But seeing as that’s a whole two months away, I’m going to try and cut back on my internet use before then. For starters I’m going to start leaving my phone in the car when I head out for dinner or drinks with friends. I’m guilty of spending half the meal snapping pictures of my food and cocktails or checking my social media feeds rather than actually talking and catching up with my friends. Plus I’m going to get a real life alarm clock. I use my phone as an alarm clock which means it’s the first thing I look at in the morning and the reason I spend an extra 10 minutes in bed just going though my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.
Let me know if you have any other tips on how I can cut down on the amount of time I spend on my phone. Have you ever thought about having a digital detox?