Despite pleas to the contrary, technology has not created a monster in our society. Many would argue that the technology that was supposed to connect us to an easier, better-informed life has tipped us in the other direction, creating unnecessary stress and distance in our lives. Consider: The average person touches his or her mobile device more than 2,600 times a day.
Digital entrepreneur Tanya Goodin, in Off: Your Digital Detox for a Better Life (Abrams Image), believes it isn’t about reverting to a tech-free way of life – it’s about balance. Off serves as a guide that will free up hours of your time, help you learn to cultivate a healthier relationship with your digital devices, and lead you back to the pastimes and people that you love.
The book provides soothing imagery and easy-to-follow advice that will help you adopt simple practices that encourage mindfulness, a deeper connection to others, more restful sleep, and increased creativity.
Goodin, an award-winning digital entrepreneur and founder of digital-detox specialists Time to Log Off, writes, “A digital detox isn’t about hurling your screens into the trash. It’s not about giving up the digital world altogether. It’s about learning to live with technology in a way that’s healthy.”
She continues, “It’s not that the digital world is bad, it’s almost that it’s too good. It’s why everywhere you look everyone is on their phones, all the time – but this is affecting our physical and mental health. We’ve introduced tiny tyrants into our pockets that demand constant attention. We need to help escape their clutches and put them back where they belong.”
Some of the chapter headings that provide guidance are: Set Your Boundaries, Go With The Flow, Get Back to Nature, Tame Your Triggers, Choose Analog, and Reconnect.
Regaining balance from any addiction starts with setting boundaries, according to Goodin. The idea of using screens without any limits is the problem.
Goodin recognizes that people might feel anxious about the thought of being without their phones for any period of time. “You’re not alone,” she says. “But my experience is that anticipation is worse than reality.”
“The first time I stepped out without my phone, I felt anxious. I kept patting my pocket reflexively to check whether it was still there….Start small, with just an excursion to the corner shop. Think of it as exercising your detox muscle: you have to work out how to engage it before you can start the heavy lifting.”
Off: Your Digital Detox for a Better Life is currently available for purchase.
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ABOUT TANYA GOODIN:
Tanya Goodin is an award-winning digital entrepreneur and founder of digital-detox specialists group Time to Log off, which runs digital-detox retreats and events for adults. Goodin’s goal is to help others discover the joys of regularly disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with the real world.