People today spend more time than ever in front of screens, particularly smartphones. Just swiping a screen gives you access to social media, dating sites, bank transactions, and work emails. Without access to a phone, it’s easy to feel like you are disconnected from everyone around you and the rest of the world. Recent studies indicate that our relationship with technology, specifically with smartphones, is affecting the world in ways you may not realize.
Here are a few of the astounding stats:
· Over 60% of people in the study felt that real lives and digital lives are unbalanced.
· Half of most couples use their smartphones to ignore one another.
· 65% of participants feel like it’s okay to check their phones during mealtime.
· Almost half admit using phones in public to avoid interacting with others.
· About 60% would like to return to a time before social media.
· 90% prefer one real friend over 100 online relationships.
If that’s not enough to explain why you need to improve your mental health with a digital detox, studies have shown that social media increases anxiety. It can make us feel “less than” and more disconnected than connected. Are you wondering if a digital detox is right for you?
Signs It Is Time for a Digital Detox
Many wellness retreats feature digital detox as part of their offerings. You can get away from computers, smartphones, tablets, and electronic devices in general. Disconnecting from your smartphone is a big choice, but there are a lot of physical and mental health benefits to be had from a digital detox retreat. Here are six signs that you need to detox.
Sign 1: Blurred Vision. One of the first signs that you are addicted to your phone or other digital devices is blurred vision. This is because of the excessive squinting you do while navigating the small screen. Your eyes become drier from staring at the screen because you blink less. The blue light devices emit is also problematic. It penetrates the eyes more deeply than regular light causing blurred vision and other eyesight problems.
Sign 2: You Have Panic Attacks. If you forget your smartphone at home or lose it on the run and it causes you to have a panic attack, then you need a detox. While addictions to phones are commonly turned into jokes, it’s not really a joking matter.
Sign 3: You Work During Your Free Time. If you find yourself working during free time and off the clock, you may have a digital addiction. While you are scrolling social media and texting, it’s too easy to keep a watch on your work emails.
Sign 4: Frequent Headaches and Memory Loss. Staring at blue screens too much can cause you to have a lot of headaches. The worse part, it is can also lead to cognitive impairment. Doctors actually have a name for short-term memory loss – digital dementia.
Sign 5: Loss of Awareness. Especially if you live in the city, you must be aware of traffic, other people, buildings, and other types of obstacles. One symptom of digital addiction is the loss of being vitally aware. People often get lost in texting and forget about their surroundings. Not only can this be dangerous, but it can also be deadly.
Wellness Retreats Offer Digital Detox
If you are looking to reset your whole being including your physical and mental health, a wellness retreat may be your answer. A healthy vacation can help you detox, recharge, de-stress, break unhealthy habits, and unplug – literally. Check out the healthy retreats from RetreatMi. You’ll find many different styles of retreats to choose from. Many of them include the option of doing a digital detox. Take a look at let us know if we can help match you to your perfect wellness retreat.