A shift in perspective
The traditional concept of digital detox is not only out of date, but it is also nearly impossible due to the shift toward hybrid work and relationships. Digital detoxes are touted as a quick fix for anxiety that will get people off of screens and back in touch with the here and now. However, as people’s lives and screens are becoming more and more intertwined, the ideal of disconnecting might end up causing more anxiety when it is not possible.
I am unable to turn off technology. According to Sina Joneidy, senior lecturer in digital enterprise at Teesside University in the United Kingdom, “we are on screens for so many different reasons.” He uses a different strategy. “Detoxing from the ‘desirous attachment’ to technology is more important to me.” Joneidy makes sense of that ‘covetous connection’ is a Buddhist idea that depicts when an individual needs something since they accept it will give then joy – when really, for this situation, it’s simply a blue light dopamine hit.
Joneidy employs digital mindfulness rather than completely avoiding technology. He says, “I make sure that I use technology for a reason.” In lieu of a complete detox, digital mindfulness may be more practical for some people: less concern about eliminating all technology and more on being deliberate in its use. Joneidy is of the opinion that digitally conscious users, as opposed to being seduced by the mindless, addictive scroll, can enhance their lives with technology rather than feeling tethered to a device.