Madonna should change Material Girl to Digital Girl as we most definitely live in digital world.
Almost everything we do during our day-to-day life requires some reliance on digital technology. From banking and streaming services to social media and even our children’s homework; the majority of our lives are spent on one form of technology or another. The constant bombardment of notifications and messages can not only be exhausting but lead to time-wasting and distractions. We are connected to absolutely everything more so than ever before. There are undoubtedly many benefits to being so plugged, however, there are also some pretty serious downsides too.
Being able to contact or chat with loved ones at any point in the day or being able to scroll on social media and see what your friends are up to is a huge positive to our digital world. Never before have we been able to keep up to date with so many people at once, in the same place. It’s so easy to send a quick text to a pal to let them know you’re thinking of them or share some good news when you’re in a rush. The ease of being told when your favourite online store is having a sale or being able to research a new product you want to purchase is definitely making our online world thrive in this modern age. This being said, having an endless amount of stimulation and distractions right at your fingertips can often make it hard to put down your phone out of the fear you’ll miss out on something.
Digital platforms that save us time or help us to streamline our everyday life can be an absolute godsend, that’s not what we’re focusing on here. We are talking about spending hours on end on social media where we often find ourselves comparing our lives to others. They say comparison is the thief of joy and that is absolutely relevant when it comes to observing everyone’s highlight reel on IG or Facebook. It’s important to recognize that social media is not an accurate representation of everyday life and just because others appear to have it better doesn’t make your life any less great! Apart from the endless scrolling and time-wasting, it can also cause unnecessary stress and anxiety from the continual overstimulation of reminders and notifications from apps and emails. Even though we’re more connected than ever, our social interactions aren’t often as genuine as a real-life exchange and can often be less sincere than a good old phone call.
There’s definitely no need to throw your phone out the window and go back to a cup and string. We rely on technology so much in our everyday life and we would seriously struggle without it. In saying this, we’ve come up with some handy tips that will help you focus on real-life social interactions and give you a little more control over your digital habits.
- Unfollow accounts on social media that don’t bring you joy including those you often compare yourself to.
- Turn off notifications for social media apps such as Instagram and Facebook – this will avoid glancing at your phone every time it lights up and distracting you from a task you’re completing.
- Set aside a social-media-free day once a week – this will give you time to get back into the real world to catch up with friends face to face, exercise without distractions or spend some time cooking or reading a book.
- Make your bedroom a tech-free zone! Don’t use your phone right before bed and avoid looking at your phone first thing when you wake up. Quite often this is the first and last thing we do each day so by limiting this, your body will be able to fall asleep and wake up more naturally and stress-free.
- De-clutter your phone or computer – delete those apps you no longer use, sort out your emails and unsubscribe to all those mailing lists that you never open, set time limits on certain apps to remind you when you’ve used it for long enough and need a break.
- When you’re spending time with friends or family, don’t keep your phone next to you. Move it away or keep it in your bag so you’re not tempted to look at it and are able to give your full attention to those around you.
Whilst these are only little tips, we hope they will help you to be conscious of how much time you spend using technology and remind you to be present in your wonderful life with your brilliant family and friends.
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Here’s to getting more out of life,