How much time do you spend online each day? It’s probably more than you think. Recent research finds that the average American adult spends nearly 11 hours each day in front of a screen. This incredible amount of time we spend on our phones, tablets, and computers has led to a new trend called digital detoxing.
A digital detox is quite simply a break from all digital devices. Research has found that regular, intentional breaks from technology can drastically improve our mental and physical health and can even boost our creativity. Are you ready to go “offline” for a while? Here are three excellent reasons to take a digital detox, along with tips for making your detox work for you.
Taking a break from technology is good for your health
Forget juice cleanses or caveman diets. Giving up technology for just a few hours each day could have significant benefits for both your mental and physical health. For example, the blue light emitted by screens can cause a condition known as digital eye strain. Texting or typing with poor posture can also cause a variety of neck, shoulder, and back pain, too. Studies on the effects of smartphone use of adolescents have found that too much screen time may be related to depression, isolation, insomnia, and overall unhappiness. For these reasons, taking regular breaks from time spent on our digital devices can have a positive impact on the quality of our health.
A digital detox can spark creativity
Have you ever wondered why your best thinking happens in the shower? In a study by cognitive scientist Scott Barry Kaufman, 72% of test subjects got creative ideas while in the shower. The reason? You’re more relaxed and most importantly, alone. When we are constantly attached to cellphones or computers, we’re never truly alone. This constant connectedness can seriously impede our creative thinking. Try turning off your laptop, tablet, or smartphone for just a few hours each day. The break from digital distractions is often key to producing more innovative, creative ideas, allowing you return to your work refreshed, recharged, and ready to tackle the day.
Disconnecting helps us connect
Sure, you could send an email to your co-worker down the hall, but taking the extra effort to meet face to face can improve team communication and lead to better ideas. Frequent breaks from digital devices can also improve employee productivity. Here at the OG, we have a workplace culture that supports taking digital breaks throughout the day. You can often find us taking time to discuss ideas face to face, sketching ideas on whiteboards or even completing puzzles during our lunch breaks. These intentional small breaks throughout the day are essential to feeding creativity and curiosity, enabling us to return to our work with a fresh slate and some great new ideas.
Remember, you don’t need to give up technology entirely to have a successful digital detox. Something as simple as limiting your daily screen time by one hour or setting a regular “bedtime” for your phone can be enough to make a significant difference in your productivity and mood.
If you’re looking for a way to cut back on screen time, whether it’s from running your business’s social media accounts, updating your website, or creating fresh graphics or video, we can help! The digital gurus at The Ohlmann Group can handle your digital marketing and website needs while you sit back, relax, and enjoy a break from technology. Contact us today to learn more about what we do and meet our friendly team.