Previously I have written a post on ‘Do you need a digital detox?’ And now I want to share What I learned during my Digital Detox:
– How much more time I have. An average person spends about 5 hours on their phone. 5 hours! That is a lot of time! And I am not talking about time spent researching recipes, or time spent doing important research, or time spent reading educational articles. I am talking about time spent mindlessly checking all of the social outlets, because of habit. What can you do with extra 5 hours a day? Sleep? Read more? Learn to cook? Cuddle your dog? Have more sex with your spouse? Play with your children before they grow up and leave you?
– How beautiful my surroundings are. When I couldn’t stick my face into my phone I had to find other outlets to focus my attention to. So I started to look around. And I finally saw things. Things that were always there but I always took for granted. Walks with my dog became more adventurous. Driving around became exploring. I saw things, places. I saw nature and beauty. I saw people.
– I feel less scatter brainy. I am the most indecisive person ever (and with added internet addiction I really was a mess). Sometimes I would be hungry for hours because I couldn’t decide on where to go for lunch. I am not saying that my indecisiveness is totally cured, but I am better at making decisions. Small and bigger ones. Even big ones, sometimes.
– I enjoy my food more. When I take time to prepare my food and then take time to eat it I enjoy it so much more. The flavor, the texture, the colors… Yum.
– I am more attentive and I am more socialized. When there is no phone to bury my nose into, I had to socialize with people around me (and it is hard when you are as introverted as I am). Or so I thought. Turns out it’s much easier when there is no distraction. When you have a real, important conversations and when you give your undivided attention to somebody.
– I have learned a lot during Digital Detox, but the most important thing that I stopped doing since ‘detoxing’ was to stop comparing. Social Media has a tendency to make people compare. To make people jealous of a ‘perfect picture’ or a ‘perfect life’. It makes you want things that you don’t need. When you distance yourself from all of that you realize that what you have is enough. That you are enough. That all the ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ were childish and silly, and what you already have will make you happy, if you just notice it.
– Distancing myself from Social Media has also led to a lifestyle change. Without the constant need to have things that other people have, without ads telling me what I should buy, or what I should wear, or what I should eat I was able to adopt a more minimal, simple and mindful lifestyle. I am by no means a minimalist, but I feel lighter, less cluttered and less stressed (digital clutter is a big factor of stressing out).
Do I still have days when I slip up and waste hours looking through my phone for no reason? Of course. If it ever gets too bad, or out of control again, I just repeat the process of my once-a-day for 27 days digital detoxing. Hey, I’ not perfect. Are you?