Whenever I do something too much, I want to stop all of it and never go back again. Like when I was 20-years-old and stopped biting my nails after 15 years of that bad habit. I realized that my nails looked horrible, so it was time to grow up and stop biting my finger nails! When I set my mind to something I don’t want to do anymore, I don’t do it.
But how do I disconnect completely from the digital world? I won’t. I can’t. Actually, I don’t want to take a 100% break from online connection, but I’ve been feeling digitally overloaded lately so something has got to change.
Do you feel overloaded too?
Thinking about my digital connectedness and the overwhelming amount of time I spend online, I was really happy when I came across this article: “Keeping Safe and Balanced in a Google-YouTube-Twitter-Facebook-iEverything World“. In the article, Jan Pinborough listed 10 signs of digital overload and 10 ways to cut back. Good points shared below:
10 Signs of Digital Overload:
1. Slipping away from activities with people to check e-mail or social networking sites.
2. Checking the same sites repeatedly within a short period of time.
3. Spending little time outside.
4. Finding it hard to complete a task such as writing a report without frequently breaking away to check e-mail or unrelated websites.
5. Spending little time in face-to-face interactions with friends.
6. Going online or using a digital device when you feel stressed or want to avoid an unpleasant task.
7. Family members spending most of their time at home in separate rooms interacting with screens.
8. Frequently using digital devices to entertain a child instead of talking, singing, playing, or reading with him or her.
9. Checking the computer first thing in the morning, or getting up during the night to use digital devices.
10. Spending long stretches of time surfing for content, often viewing content that is inappropriate or borderline.
10 Ways to Cut Back:
1. Check and answer e-mail only once or twice a day, at scheduled times.
2. Use social networking sites only at scheduled times and for a set number of minutes.
3. Practice a “digital Sabbath”—setting aside one or two days each week to “unplug.”
4. Leave your cell phone in another room during time with family or friends.
5. Call instead of texting.
6. Invite children to help search the house for supplies that can be used in nondigital activities: children’s books, board games, art supplies, and equipment for outside play.
7. Organize a talent show, art show, or service project with family or friends.
8. Use Internet-blocking software to keep on task while working.
9. Limit recreational surfing; watch TV and videos selectively and intentionally.
10. Keep a gospel-centered perspective, using technology to uplift yourself and people around you.
Of the 10 Ways to Cut Back, I particularly like #3. What is your favorite way to disconnect digitally?