According to the Oxford Dictionary, it is defined as: “…a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic connecting devices such as smartphones and computers. It is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interactions in the physical world.” The term has become relevant because being constantly connected can have negative psychological effects on us. It can elevate stress and increase the likelihood of burnout. It also detracts from us being in the moment and connecting with each other. Consider our infographic based on stats from our recent Connected South Africans survey (download the entire study here).
This festive season we propose that we all take a digital detox. Of course not all things connected are bad and in fact, our whole business is built on people being connected to the internet. But, for this time of year, we propose we all take a break and just go back to basics. Spend time outside, with your loved ones, your pets or even just relax and do nothing (and that means doing nothing without scrolling on your phone!). Taking a digital detox has been proven to help with stress and general well-being. So before we all come back to take 2017 head on, let’s relax our minds and thumbs.