According to statistics, 72 percent of adult Americans do not imagine their lives without Internet, though they admit that it takes too much time.
Internet, mobile phones, smart phones – all of this was invented to make our lives easier. In reality digital technologies make us slaves of progress. We use Internet everywhere: distance learning, dating, banking, chatting etc. Delicious food is a good thing, but you cannot fill your stomach for 24 hours a day. Similarly, it is not necessary to devote every spare minute to e-mail, Facebook and Twitter. We need to learn how to draw the line.
Staying offline is something like therapeutic fasting. There is even a term for it – it is called Digital Diet.
First days of that “diet” are very hard. You are dreaming of returning to the virtual world. But then you realize that this discharge is really beneficial. In addition, the world would not collapse, happiness would not pass by, and you would not miss anything important.
There are few recommendations that would help you to bring “digital balance” in your lives
- Keep a Diary
Write down all your activity connected with Internet. This will help you to identify your weakest points.
- Stay Among People
Place your PC in common rooms. Don’t stay alone with your computer in your room.
- Make Some Rules
Introduce some restrictions for yourself. For example, don’t turn your computer before 2 p.m., don’t eat in front of the display etc.
- Set Good Example
If you are a parent and you want your child to spend less time with computer, set good example. However, this advice is also for children who want to help their parents with digital diet.
- Obey the Rules
Be consistent, keep your own rules.
Of course, Internet is not pure evil, if you know how to use it wisely. It helps us with work, communication, entertainment. The thing is, modern technologies should not replace real things for you. Life without Internet isn’t that bad.