Technology is rapidly changing and is often used regularly in everyone’s day to day life, even though technology is becoming more integral in everything that we do, this can distract people from what really matters most. Technology should enhance people’s lives, not be a distraction from it.
What we experience on a day to day basis both physically and emotionally determines our general wellbeing. Technology has a large impact on wellbeing as it continues being such a large part of everyone’s lives, from how we represent ourselves to interactions with others. Often this is considered as online wellness or digital wellbeing.
Essentially, digital wellbeing is about being aware of how spending time online can impact on how people feel and when online how to look after yourself and others. This includes, recognising the effects that spending time online has on our mental wellbeing, physical health, emotions and understanding what should be done if something online goes wrong.
Digital wellbeing is often influenced through the choices people make online, interactions with others, how long people spend online and the content that people see. Technology was created to simplify and enhance people’s lives however, this is not always the case and sometimes people need a digital detox.
What is a digital detox?
Digital detoxes are when people choose to not use technology or spend time on their phone for a certain amount of time. Digital detoxing is often used as a way to refocus on actual life and social interactions with no distractions. By detoxing digitally even just for a short while, this can help people reduce stress stemming from constant digital connectivity.
There are several reasons why someone may want to detox from devices:
There are several ways to have a digital detox or cut down technology usage:
Effects of digital on mental health
Constantly being on social media and using technology is linked with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, especially in teenagers. Research suggests that this is because of the high social pressures placed on younger people through social media platforms. This can increase the need of approval, discontent and cyberbullying.
However, if digital platforms are used correctly they can be highly beneficial especially for the wellbeing and health sector.
Benefits of digital on wellbeing:
Effects of digital on physical health:
Using technology and staring at your phone all day can cause implications on your physical health. This includes;
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