Nowhere is our independence in more jeopardy than in our digital lives. Various surveys find people more willing to give up food, sleep and sex than to lose their internet connections. One recent study found that half of us would rather have a broken bone than a broken phone. The facts are startling:
- 61% admit to being addicted to the internet and their devices.
- 50% of people prefer to communicate digitally than in person.
- 67% of cellphone owners find themselves checking their device even when it’s not ringing or vibrating.
- High social media use can trigger an increase in loneliness, jealousy and fear.
We forget, all too easily, that when our phone is off, there’s a whole world out there to be explored. There are more people to meet, experiences to have and lives to lead than we will ever have time to fully take hold of.
This Week’s Challenge:
Choose one evening this week and turn off your phone (and other digital devices / screens) from 5:00 p.m. until you wake up the following morning.
Cue sweaty palms and nausea. We get it. We’re going to do it too.
If it helps, print off this handy Permission Slip.
Some ideas of things to do while off our phones:
Make a bucket list of things to do in the next 5 years. Put them on post-it notes. Stick them up in your closet.
Select a random recipe, shop for the ingredients, and cook. Feed others if possible.
Print off Arthur Aron’s 36 questions. Sit with someone you love – or want to love – and just do them. You’ll thank us later.
Spend quality time re-sparking intimacy with your sig-o, or have a deep talk with a friend about why modern love is so damn hard.
Grab some friends and one of these board games.
When you’re done, take a minute and share your experiences.
Let’s do this! In courage,
Thanks to Digital Detox for the stats.
Ask a friend to join you in this challenge!