I feel like I’ve been trying to avoid this topic for a while now, since my views don’t really align with how everyone else seems to feel on the subject BUT it is an interesting one to say the least. So…let’s chat digital detox.
Do I think we spend too much time on our phones? Hell yes! Am I going to do anything about it? Probably not. Let me explain…
First of all, technology is a fundamental part of our lives, and it’s not going anywhere. Why are we associating well-being with being completely void of technology instead of allowing it to be a part of mindful living? True, there are some apps that are designed to be additive, but shutting yourself off from, let’s say your phone, completely seems like a bit of an overreaction. Take for example, attending a yoga retreat (or anyone go to bible camp as a kid?). When it’s over, you’re living off this high that you don’t want to end, but when you re-enter the real world it seems almost impossible to do. You create unnecessary boundaries that probably make life more difficult.
Mindful living starts in our own heads. Instead of making health synonymous with unplugging, we should be making mindfulness the default state of our awareness. When you take practice everywhere, it can literally be applied to anything…am I making sense?
technology is a fundamental part of our lives, and it’s not going anywhere.
Obviously there are some apps that are (or seem to be) designed to make us feel awful…Instagram anyone? It’s not easy scrolling past thousands of images, mere snippets of peoples curated lives, and not compare yourself to them. I do it all the time! But more than that, I actually enjoy having a space to share photos of my travels and chat with friends. It also happens to be the way I make a living so taking time away from it isn’t even an option.
I am, however, very mindful of how I use my phone. If I’m spending time with someone you can bet I’m not going to be on my phone unless it’s absolutely necessary. Even when I’m at home, say watching a movie with Cody, I really try to limit how much time I’m on my phone because I always prioritize human relationships over screen time.
It’s not easy scrolling past thousands of images…and not compare yourself to them.
What do you think about the things I’ve said here? Do you agree or do you need to completely unplug in order to feel sane? It’s an interesting topic for sure. I guess the way I feel about the digital detox trend is the same way I feel about juice cleanses. It might be a good idea (for some) to help kickstart a healthier lifestyle but ultimately you’ll need to find a way to be more mindful in your day to day practice.
photos by justine milton