Whenever I visit family and friends in the UK, I like to do a digital detox. No internet, no social media, no emails. Bliss.
I’ve found it so beneficial that I often have a mini detox most weekends too.
My detoxes always make me realise that our digital devices can be a tad too intrusive in our lives. Sure, they can help us reach out to a massive amount of people and open up worlds of information, but they also eat into a lot of time as well. Hours can be lost on Facebook or Twitter if we’re not careful.
I know that social media helps us to connect with people, but it can also severely affect our day-to-day connection with the people closest to us.
Looking at our phones instead of talking to each other
How often have you seen people sitting at a restaurant table together or in a bar completely focused on checking their phones rather than talking to one another? How many couples feel ignored because their partners are engrossed in something on their iPad or laptop? How many of your friends on Facebook are actual friends? Probably less than half? Maybe not even that many?
Isn’t it all a bit, well, crazy?
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the internet. I love being able to easily keep in touch with my friends in other countries. I love how it helps me do my job. It offers a wealth of knowledge and information. But most technology has a down side and in the case of social media, there’s a dark side too.