Do You Think You Need a Digital Detox? Here’s How to Do One

social media addiction symptoms

How many social media addiction symptoms can you spot?

Does scrolling comments on the news on Facebook make you incredibly anxious?  Or do all the beautifully curated images on Instagram make you feel unworthy? If so, you may benefit from a digital detox.  

Social media addiction is something I’ve personally struggled with.  I love it but it becomes way too easy for me to start overdoing it. Over the years, I learned how to quickly identify if I needed to take a break.  I also created an easy, step by step plan to “detox” whenever I found my bad habits sneaking back up on me.

By the end of this episode, you’ll know how to tell if a digital detox would be good for you, as well as exactly how to do it.

What is a digital detox?

According to Wikipedia:

“Digital detox refers to a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic connecting devices such as smartphones and computers.[1] It is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress, focus more on social interaction and connection with nature in the physical world. Claimed benefits include increased mindfulness, lowered anxiety, and an overall better appreciation of one’s environment.”

It helps people kick their internet addictions.  This is a real thing now called IAD, or Internet Addiction Disorder.  

According to Wikipedia:  

“Internet addiction disorder (IAD), also known as problematic Internet use or pathological Internet use, is excessive Internet use that interferes with daily life. Addiction, defined by Webster Dictionary as a “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal”, was traditionally used to depict a person’s dependence on a substance. More recently, the concept has been applied to behavioral dependence[1] including internet use.[2] The problem of Internet addiction evolves together with the development and spread of the Internet. As adolescents (12–17 years) and emerging adults (18–29 years) access the Internet more than any other age groups and undertake a higher risk of overuse of the Internet, the problem of Internet addiction disorder is most relevant to young people.[3]”

What can you get addicted to?

Some common media that’s easy to get addicted to includes Social Media, Dating Apps, Cell phone alerts, News Outlets and Googling.

How do you know if detox is right for you?

Check out today’s episode to find out.

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