January/February 2020

Simple Steps

Is It Time for a Digital Detox?

Allison C. Shields

Have you ever experienced a problem with technology, such as a computer failure or home Wi-Fi on the fritz? What is the first thing the experts always say? “Did you try turning it off and turning it back on again? Unplug it for 30 seconds and plug it back in again.”

If you’re feeling a bit fried yourself, perhaps you need to unplug yourself for a while. As TECHSHOW 2020 approaches, a digital detox might be just what the doctor ordered. For all of the advances we’ve seen in technology in the past 10 years, technology has its downside as well.

Studies have shown that the constant use of technology, especially mobile devices, can cause all kinds of physical problems, including eyestrain, headaches, neck and back problems, lack of sleep and a shortened attention span affecting productivity and work. Reliance on technology may be stifling creativity as well because our devices never let us get bored or have true solitude or time for reflection. Playing Candy Crush or scrolling through Twitter and Instagram feeds prevents creativity from taking root.

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