Back in 2015, Neuroscientists observed what happened when 35 people were completely cut off from their smart devices. No computers, no cell phones — no nothing. And though ADHD is NOT a sickness you develop because of something like a phone (it’s a biological disorder you’re born with), because of smart devices, you can display similar symptoms, being hyperactive and diverting your attention from other things you might be doing at the time.
If you’re having problems keeping your phone or computer off (when you’re not using it for work, of course), should you consider going through a digital detox? Are there enough benefits to doing so, or is it just not worth it? Here’s why you might consider it:
YOU MAY LOOK MORE APPROACHABLE
According to Kate Unsworth, who took the time to design a company surrounding the idea of a digital detox, when you’re on a detox, you seem more approachable. “A wonderful side effect of this is that people’s general energy opens up,” She told FastCompany. “They appear much more approachable when they enter a room.”
You might be encouraged to have more eye contact with others, and have deeper and longer conversations the study also suggested.
YOU’LL GET MORE SLEEP
Numerous studies have shown that screens before bed is just a bad idea. People who read on their iPads had less REM sleep, took longer to fall asleep, and felt less sleepy, researchers found, in comparison to those who read books before they went to bed. The light illuminating from your screen is harsh, and isn’t good for your overall health at night, especially when the room is dark around you.
People who used iPads before bed, too, experienced less melatonin levels. A chronic lack of melatonin has been linked with developing certain cancers.
YOUR MEMORY MAY IMPROVE
Rather than relying on your devices to tell you something (though, understandably, some of us need this to a degree — and it all varies), you can exercise your mind to remember details better. Details about what happened throughout the day, or when special events or coming up, or small details about people as well. The aforementioned study showed that people’s memories did improve overall when they stopped relying on their devices as much.
BUT WHAT IF YOU’LL JUST GO BACK TO YOUR OLD HABITS?
After a detox, you are making a commitment. If you want to get generally better in your day-to-day life and not rely on your smart device so much, you’ll have to go further than the temporary detox. Smart phones have been integrated into our everyday lives, and at this point, much of society does rely on them to function. But that doesn’t mean you have to go overboard. A detox may be a good place to start in order to remember how to use your phone when you need it — sparingly. Too much of a good thing, after all, is a bad thing.