A digital detox does not mean going offline forever, but it may help your sanity for a bit, to get offline. Or better yet, take a whole day, week or month off the computer, to see if you feel better. Obviously you may have to go online to work or order your shopping. But you could give up social media, receiving pointless emails and stop surfing the news and Pinterest, if only for a few days.
The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World is a wonderful book by writer Christina Crook, who decided to go without the Internet for 31 days, after hearing of a Vicar blessing a Blackberry (the phone, not the fruit). Deciding the world had finally gone mad, she wanted to know what she could learn from missing out on the Internet and social media for a month. Although now back online, she found we have to be discerning in our use of the online world.
Tips for a Digital Detox
- Download Adblock Plus to remove online ads. Once used, you’ll never go back. It literally takes seconds, and then all the annoying ads and pop-ups simply disappear from your surfing experience.
- This Chrome extension removes sidebar videos. If you watch a video on YouTube, this stops ‘suggested videos’ popping up. Instead, you just get blank space.
- Check online news once daily only (maximum). Even better, get your weekly in-depth news from Byline Times. Get informed with no ads or bias, then move on with the rest of your day.
- Don’t reply to spam email. Once you click the link, you’ll be flooded with more. If you get a lot of spam mail, just install free MailWasher to preview emails before reading them.
- Regularly delete unwanted files and emails, clear your browser history, empty the recycle bin and use Disk Clean on your computer.
- Install f.lux software. This is optional, but a good idea if you find screens hurt your eyes. Based on GSP location, this turns your screen from blue to a colour more akin to daylight.