Do you need a Digital Detox?

Image  Finding balance in this digital age

I have written a lot about finding balance. I even created “30 Days of Balance”. https://caragallagher.com/biography/30-days-of-balance/ “30 Days of Balance” is list of philosophies and practices that I embrace to keep me well-balanced.  I am finding in this digital age, we need to find balance with the technology that surrounds us.

We should have some type of equilibrium with all of our technological devices. If not, these gadgets will overwhelm us. We need space from the overload of electronic devices. Some have even referred to it as a “Digital Detox”. A “Digital Detox” is where we rid ourselves of the abundance of electronics, devices and gadgets that run our lives. According to Soren Gordhamer, organizer of Wisdom 2.0,       (an annual gathering that he started in 2010 to find balance in the digital age), said: “It doesn’t mean what we’ve done is bad. There is no blame. But there is a turning of the page.”  Once we become aware of the negative power digital electronics have on us, then we can learn how to live in moderation with these devices.

There is another reason why you might want to get a break from your electronic devices.  A study from the Ohio State Medical Center reveals a new form of Depression caused by too much exposure to light http://www.jonbarron.org/natural-health/nightlight-leads-depressive-effects. According to researchers, it is not healthy to be exposed to light, when you are sleeping. Jon Barron believes that “letting light touch any part of the body while sleeping activates the pineal gland, and that, in turn, stops the production of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin works to induce sleepiness; the lack of it interferes with getting deep, restful sleep. So if you have lights on at night, you probably aren’t producing enough melatonin to get the restful sleep your body and mind require.“

This goes along with the philosophies FENG SHUI.  In FENG SHUI, we believe you should avoid a bedroom filled with electronics. We like to create a peaceful and restful place to sleep. We often suggest subtle colors, beautiful images and a bedroom free of clutter. In FENG SHUI, we often recommend removing any electronic devices from the bedroom.  Now here is new evidence that sleeping with electronic light can trigger Depression. 

Another great example of  Digital Detox, is a restaurant in Los Angeles that is offering a 5% discount if you turn off your cell phone while dining at this restaurant. http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2012/08/14/27876/los-angeles-restaurant-no-cell-incentive-discount/ Eva restaurant owner and Chef Mark Gold said; “For us, it’s really not about people disrupting other guests.  We want to create that environment of home, and we want people to connect again”. He stated; “It’s about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone, and we’re trying to create an ambience where you come in and really enjoy the experience and the food and the company.”  That is the point of this discount; it pushes us to connect with one another. Something as simple as this program allows us to live in the moment. It gives us the opportunity to enjoy our personal experiences and the special events of our lives.

I too, am guilty of this electronic obsession. There are times when I am so engrossed with checking my email, looking at my facebook page or pinning my favorite pins on Pinterest.  I now realize the effects electronics have, not just on my body, but my life. It is sometimes hard to find the balance between electronic devices and just living in the present.  I am learning how to live within certain boundaries and to become more aware of the hold these gadgets can have on me. Digital Detox is a practice that I will follow in order to find that perfect balance. I suggest that you might want to try a Digital Detox and see for yourself what a difference it can make in your life!

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