We can get so used to experiencing life through the screen of our phone that we forget how much better the real thing is.
To combat this, I did a little digital detox last week. No email, phone or social media for five days (with one minor exception…just to keep it honest!). I knew it would be good for my soul. I didn’t know a few of the other things I would learn. Here’s the most significant:
- After sitting out five days, it took me less than an hour to get caught up on my email, texts and social media accounts. It was amazing how many problems had resolved themselves or no longer mattered. I say all of this because I usually spend an hour a day on email. Imagine getting 4-5 hours of productivity back every week simply by checking email less!
- I found myself thinking about and praying for real people in my life more than normal. All of the attention that normally goes to people I don’t even know on my Facebook newsfeed automatically swung to people I do know and really care about. Cutting off my digital connections enhanced my personal connections.
- I was able to enjoy the moment. Technology is wonderful when we use it well. When we use it poorly, it leaves us playing with our kids, thinking about an email, wondering if a tweet was directed at us, and debating if the whole scene is cute enough for Instagram. Everyone looses, especially the kids.
So, I’m not swearing off technology. But I am resolved to use it better…and it might not be all that long before my next digital detox! Maybe you should schedule one as well. If five days seems unbearable, could you do five hours one weekend? If the answer is no, you really need to detox!