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Why social media detox is good for you

Wherever we go, we are close to the virtual world. There are smartphones, tablets, laptops and wifi that keeps us connected all the time. In such a ‘plugged-in’ world, the idea of digital detox is gaining popularity among many who want to rid themselves from being connected all the time. Digital detox is a period or span of time in which a person refrains from using electronic devices, connected to the Internet. 
 
While digital devices have their advantages in improving efficiency, saving time and ensuring convenience by providing us any information we need, they also have their downsides which are linked to increase anxiety and depression. Research also proves that it causes mental health issues. While some look at digital detox as a way to disconnect to reconnect again, some have treaded the path of a complete social media detox. Celebrities like Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and several others too have made it to the social media detox list. 
 
The purpose of networking with friends on social media has slowly disappeared, states Abhinov P, who has been out of it for four years now. “In-person conversations among friends turned into just social media stories. Beyond that, there wasn’t much to discuss. It was all unnecessary information. So, I began by first cleaning up my friend’s list and then eventually, made an exit.”
 
Sharing his experience of a social media detox, Kiran N, an IT professional, says he has deleted all social media apps from his phone and feels good about it. “The notifications were annoying and distracting. Many a time, we do not know that we’re using social media and just passing our time. This constant browsing can become an addiction. At least now, there’s no constant buzzing and this saves a lot of time for me. But, anyone who is trying it should phase it out gradually.”
 
Meanwhile, social media detox is helping people focus on building real-life relationships, experience nature, take up a sport or physical activity, practice mindfulness and maintain a healthy balance between digital and real world. Additionally, this has also paved way for people consciously putting their phones away. Some families believe that limiting ‘screen time’ for kids is essential these days.
 
Srilatha, a homemaker says it is important that families plan activities which are free of technology. “Gadgets shouldn’t be the go-to distraction for kids when they are unhappy or uncomfortable. As parents, we need to teach them to cultivate healthy self-care routines or ways to calm down. Parents should constantly communicate with kids about their limitations while using gadgets. Rather than portraying it is as punishment, parents should make them feel responsible for their actions,” she explains. 
 
Not only kids, but everyone, in today’s technology-driven world needs to discover ways to disconnect at some point in time. Definitely, there are a multitude of benefits for regularly unplugging ourselves.“This  detox also means no social media footprint, no anonymous search or information extraction or unauthorised use of people's data. I’m free of all such distractions,” concludes Abhinov.

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