Digital Detox: Why You Need It To De-Stress

Dec 18, 2015 02:10 PM EST | By Maria Leonila Masculino


According to a Nielsen survey, an average American spends 60 hours online each week using four different digital devices.

Medical Daily reports too much time spent on digital technology can be very exhausting and could lead to unhealthy consequences. To escape this chaotic virtual world, it is recommended for people to undergo digital detox -- a complete shutdown from all electronic devices for at least 24 hours.

Imagine your life interacting with people personally and having the luxury of time to appreciate nature and the real world without having to answer any calls or get pinged by anybody online. Aside from being able to check on your closest friends and loved ones right in front of you, digital detox would also allow you to check on yourself, too.

People need to take a break from their laptops, cellphones, tablets, computers, smartwatches and other digital devices to de-stress. In fact, a nice long peaceful break from all of these is more valuable than spending hours looking at other people's delicious dinners, envy-triggering travel posts and shiny new possessions, as well as reading righteous opinions, involuntary relationship updates and worst, hateful rants on our free time.

As shown in various studies, excessive social media use could trigger anxiety, depression, poor self-image and narcissism. So instead of spending hours and hours scrolling down your news feed, why not avoid these possible problems and feel mentally and emotional healthy instead?

Digital detox also allows people to refocus since the number of digital devices people own also equals to as much multi-tasking. By trying not to get your attention to different little things, we could at least start working on our priorities and concentration.

Although it is hard for people not to check on their text messages, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter when they are bored, this 24-hour (or longer) digital hiatus promises a nice refresher and it will all be worth it.

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