So, what’s the entire buzz about Digital Detox? Is it really worth it? It’s just keeping your phone away for a few days, right, so what’s the big deal? Does it even make any difference or is it just unnecessarily hyped to prove how metrosexual we have become and how fashionable it is for us to desperately rescue our souls by detoxing it! To be completely honest, I love technology and I love that I am able to see my mom and dad all the way back home in India with just a push of a button on my phone. It is much easier compared to 13 years back when international phone charges were extremely high and Skype did not have a good voice quality that we experience today. But of course, there’s a downside to it – it’s an addiction for people like me who are tech geeks. Lately, there’s been a lot of articles and videos circulating on the social media about putting your phone down and enjoying the moment. Yes, we read the articles and watch the videos and then if we are moved by it, we try to control our actions for a day or two or maybe few hours but then everything is back to usual in no time. I was under the impression that I have it all under control and I wouldn’t need one, until..oh well..lets first see what exactly is this digital detox – everyone has their own little definition but here’s the web version –
Digital detox is a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, it is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress and focus on what is important in the physical world. – Wikipedia
Recently, we took a cruise to Mexico and I was forced to keep my phone away. I have to confess it was the best thing ever! It was a partial detox because you can’t avoid digital devices around you and I did cheat and see a movie for a tiny 30 minutes, snuggled with my sweet little princess in an open air theater and took few pics on certain occasions when I carried my smartphone, rest were taken with my SLR.
The best thing about a cruise is that you really don’t have a choice because there is no wifi in the middle of the sea unless you exclusively purchase the plan which comes up to be pretty expensive. I would say putting away my phone was like a blessing in disguise and I felt much closer to my family. Life seemed to slow down. I took the time to just relax by myself either on the balcony or with my hubby near the pool just watching people and even talking to a few and cracking up a joke. I even got lessons on “How to order a perfect drink!” from a sweet couple sitting next to me.
It was amazing and I tried my best not to touch my phone. But I must confess that the after effects are are a bit painful. Especially when my daughter got used to my undivided attention and gazillion hugs. After returning, we were playing a board game next day and she actually made a face at me for looking at my phone while playing the game – I thought I was multi-tasking like a super mama! I realized that I never bothered to notice her expressions before, it was clearly an indication of “there you go again with your phone” kind.
That little expression said everything!
Later that day I spoke to her like an adult about not doing anything else when something important such as a board game is played and pinky promised her not to look at the phone unless it is very very important. As long as I was being responsible with my smartphone and setting limits on myself, things got simplified. That day I did not pick up my phone unless I needed to call someone and realized that I was a little less tired towards the end of the day, my eyes were wide awake and had good two hours to myself to catch up on everything that I had missed out without any interruption.
Have you tried it? From my experience, I would say although it seems easy, it really is not. The best way to give it a try is on a vacation!