Do you recall the last time you travelled with others in the same vehicle? Did you notice that almost everyone had their heads tucked into their mobile device?
These days you see them everywhere with their heads bent down fully concentrating on their smartphone screens and other mobile devices.
Are you one of those that are afraid of being without their cellphone? I’ve got news for you! You have Nomophobia.
Cellphone addiction has gradually become a global problem, and it cuts across all demographics. I’m sure you must have seen the viral video and photo of the employee addicted to social media and a minister playing Candy Crush in parliament!
It’s so sad that people are gradually losing their ability to communicate verbally and carry on an intelligent conversation without hiding behind a digital screen.
The distraction from our mobile devices is too much especially when it concerns our children.
When the distraction caused by their digital devices starts to affect their performance at school, their mood and temperament, then you’ve got a problem.
Cellphone addiction is one of the reasons why some countries like France are banning the use of mobile phones in schools.
As a responsible parent, you have every right to be concerned about how your children use their mobile devices and to place limits on this usage whether it is their smartphone, tablets or laptops.
As you no doubt are concerned about the physical well-being of your family, you must also be worried about their mental health too!
If you find yourself or a member of your family addicted to cell phones, then it’s time for a digital detox.
A digital detox is an opportunity for you to reduce stress by focusing more on social interactions and connections with nature in the physical world. You do this by refraining from using electronic connecting devices such as smartphones and computers.
Digital Detox in 5 Easy Steps
- In a meeting or at a family meal, everyone must put his or her device in the middle of the table. The first to reach for his or her device has to do a forfeit, such as to make tea for everyone, buy the next round or wash up.
- Keep tech out of your bedroom. The light from screens of your devices prevents you from getting to sleep. So leave your devices to charge in a different room when you go to bed.
- Keep your phone out of sight and reach when you’re driving. Even your hi-tech, expensive hands-free phone system will slow reaction times and prevent you from concentrating on the road.
- Don’t eat at your office desk. Go outside at lunchtime instead. If possible, spend your lunch at a nearby park or recreation centre. Not only does it get you away from your screen, it stops you from sitting down too long – also very bad for you.
- Go on a digital detox holiday. Take a break from your social media, work emails and texts message.
To get the full benefits from a digital detox, you need to be committed to implementing the five easy steps mentioned above. You’ve got nothing to lose.
So once again I ask you, is it time for a digital detox? Share your thoughts in the comments.