#MentalHealthMatters: it's time for digital detoxification

In a world obsessed with technology and social networks, digital detoxification is one of the crucial steps you can take for your mental well-being

It is that time of the year again when New Year's resolutions are made. Gyms are flooded with membership applications, while some promise to follow a sport. In the corner paanwala 'Yes, one can hear many well-meaning souls declare, Bas, yeh mera aakhri sutta hai . While focusing on physical health and being fit is one of the most common (and, of course, important) resolutions that can be taken in a new year, there is a new addition to the list: mental well-being. And in a world obsessed with technology and social networks, it seems that digital detoxification is one of the crucial steps that can be taken to ensure mental well-being.


People give a wide range of reasons to take a break from social networks, from breakup, sleep disorder to depression. While the reasons vary, most people agree on one thing: digital detoxification is essential for mental well-being. Even if it's for a few hours a day, it definitely helps deal with anxiety. Several studies have also confirmed that disconnecting from social networks can make one happier and less stressed.

Bet on fast digital

In mid-2019, Chennai-based digital marketer Sorav Jain published a survey on his blog to determine if people were digital addicts. Their survey showed that 80% of the 2,500 respondents looked at their mobile phones late at night and first thing in the morning, while 70% moved through their social networks to sleep.

When he decided to go to a digital fast, 512 of the respondents, who discovered that they could not do without their phones, decided to fast with him. But most of them crashed and burned, several tweeted a couple of hours in the Upwaas They just couldn't do it.

Jain was one of those who succeeded and spent the day playing with his son. He even managed to read a complete book. The survey also showed that 40% said they could not live without their phone even for a day. The majority of respondents to the survey belonged to the 18-30 year old group, Sorav said in a report.


In November 2019, a teenager from Bangalore, Tanvi overcame her addiction to Instagram and inspired people to take the # 1HrChallenge to stay away from devices every day. Tanvi herself was addicted to Instagram. “I used to post photos regularly and I started accepting requests from random people to get more followers and I like it on social networks. He had more than 400 followers in a short time, ”Tanvi said in a TOI report. When Tanvi's academic score dropped from 80% to 50%, he realized there was a problem. She decided to stay away from gadgets. He began organizing board games contests and painting competitions for people in his residential complex.

In seven months, Tanvi said more than 200 people told him how their challenge helped them disconnect from devices and reconnect to life. Many, like Sorav and Tanvi, realized that they are digital addicts and tried to overcome their addiction, but it was not easy.


“Once we had a discussion in our office about who is always online and who is not after work. It turned out that I was the one who was always on social media. Then, a colleague challenged me to have to spend a day without looking at any of the applications on my phone. I accepted the challenge and thought it would be easy, but that was the first time I realized that I am an addict. I could survive only half a day without checking my phone. But after that experience, I tried to take a half-day break from the phone one day on the weekend. I succeeded after six weeks and now, I take a day off every week from my phone, ”says Sujata Bisht, a 29-year-old Lajpat Nagar resident.

It is important to disconnect to be productive

Saloni Singh, a life coach, underwent digital detoxification classes for 15-20 days twice last year. His intention was to learn to take a break from social networks and finally decided to quit. Once you start disconnecting from social media platforms, you realize that you end up spending your time more productively and that has a positive impact on your mind, says Saloni, who is now helping people fight addiction. digital. “Different people consume content on social networks differently. Some young people tend to believe everything they see on social networks. Sometimes they set goals inspired by the life of another person as they see on social networks or aspire to be like another person. When they realize they can't be like that other person, it translates into low self-esteem and depression, Saloni adds.


The writer Advaita Kala was not on any social media platform for a long time while she was in the writing process. “I was not using any social media platform to use my time productively. In addition, I realized that social networks are so full of poorly formed opinions that, at the end of the day, they simply exhaust you. Digital detoxification is essential for mental well-being, says Advaita. Shreya Gyawali, a student, shares: “I had just left school and was having a hard time adapting to Mumbai after living in Hisar for years. Every time I logged into Facebook and Instagram, I saw people having a good time. But when I personally interacted with them, I realized that this was not the case. Everyone seems to be under pressure to show a perfect life on social networks and that made me feel uncomfortable. It made me realize that everyone was filtering their lives and I didn't want to do that. ”

Shreya left social networks for two years and admits that he had a positive impact on his mental health.

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