We live in an age where digital gadgets such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other digital mediums allow us to be permanently connected to the online world. Because of the rapid spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, people all across the world have started working from home, holding more meetings, classes, and social gatherings online, and even doing more of their shopping online. The rate of digital interaction has increased much faster than usual, even more so than it had been before COVID-19.
The effects of greater digital influence on the human brain and body are serious enough to warrant serious, rational thought and study. Cognitive development, attention span, and insomnia are just some of the negative outcomes linked to heavy digital media use, according to a growing body of international scientific studies. The Harvard Medical School Research on Screen Time and the Brain and the Johns Hopkins Newsletter article How Online Learning Can Affect Student Health are two excellent resources.
Maintaining a healthy balance between IRL “in real life” (or “in real time”) activities and the digital world requires regular periods of disconnection from the internet. The goal of a “digital detox” is not only to take a break from technology to refocus on the important things in life; rather, it’s to embrace a slower, more deliberate, energized, and aware way of living.
Taking a genuine break from the digital world ensures the well-being of self, family, and friends.
By- Sanskriti Sahay