Digital Detox

The ever-connected and ever-present system made possible by smartphones ensures that we always have access to information about the world and the people around us.Having all this information available at the push of a bottom can be extremely helpful in our daily lives, but it also means that we are constantly being exposed to additional choices and changes in a rapid manner.

The ever-connected and ever-present system made possible by smartphones ensures that we always have access to information about the world and the people around us. Everything from worldwide news to social media updates can today be contained within your pocket. Maybe you are even reading this from your smartphone right now?

Having all this information available at the push of a bottom can be extremely helpful in our daily lives, but it also means that we are constantly being exposed to additional choices and changes in a rapid manner. Staying connected and updated with everything and everyone can become overwhelming and strain us mentally if we don’t give ourselves a break from time to time.

As digital devices and social platforms evolve, so does the concern about these technologies' negative effects on our mental well-being. Terms like “Technostress” and “Digital detox” have gained more attention in recent years while Covid-19 has increased the necessity for online communication.

Since Nuna is a digital health companion, it is important to address these topics and stay aware of how they can affect our ability to help people. This is what is known so far. Digital technologies’ effect on mental health is a field of study that is marked by vague terminology and ambiguous findings. A good example of this can be found in the research on digital detox.

Digital detox is an initiative that involves conscious absences or disconnection from digital media or parts of digital media for a given period.

It has been suggested to be an effective counter to “Technostress”; “any negative impact on attitudes, thoughts, behaviors, or body physiology that is caused either directly or indirectly by technology”, but so far, the jury is still out on whether it works.

Research on digital detox shows mixed results on the initiative's effectiveness against the negative consequences of technostress. This is partly because there still isn’t a solid consensus of what constitutes digital detox.

However, it is important to emphasize that digital detox does not necessarily require us to go cold turkey on all technology. Instead, we should use technology to better implement digital detox strategies into our everyday life.

Digital detox applications like the app iOS Screen Time help people control and limit their use of distracting social network sites. Mindfulness-based apps like Nuna are also a good example of Digital detox applications that, while being part of the digital world, also help you navigate through it in a way that is easier on your mental health. Digital detox can, surprisingly enough, have varying degrees of Digital-assistance. The most important requirement seems to be that we are mindful of the way we interact with digital media and make a conscious effort to use technology in a way that is safe to our mental health.

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