How about doing a digital detox this summer?

Sites, social media and mobile applications, time spent on the Internet, or even favorite online activities… This summer, opt for a digital detox and free yourself from your dearest ally, the smartphone! The result will be rather beneficial for your health, your couple and your daily vacation.

Digital and digital addiction detox

Disconnect to better reconnect !

This is a sentence that may seem trivial to you, but you should know that 95.7% of French people own a smartphone. French internet users spend an average of 5:37 a day surfing the web, including 1h41 on social networks. Following the successive confinements of the past year, the Covid crisis has demonstrated the enthusiasm of the French for social networks impacting a 40% increase in attendance.

What if you forget your phone and tablet a bit this summer? For optimal relaxation, turn them off and enjoy the holidays 100%. Enjoy your peaceful world away from it all, calm and serene. Close your eyes, breathe, take a break, and put your hyperconnected life on hold.

Not only do screens prevent you from concentrating at work, they can also interfere with moments of relaxation. The temptation to glance at notifications or post a photo of the beach view is great, and here we are, hanging on the screen, not enjoying the moment. There is only one solution: turn off the phone!

The first few hours may be difficult, but the rewards are well worth it.

Harmful digital influences: A study of the NTP and the text neck of young people

Free yourself from all these waves for your health. A new large-scale American toxicological study, developed as part of the National Toxicology Program (NTP), has brought water to the mill of those who plead for more precaution. According to the first results of this work, posted online by American researchers on May 27, 2019, rats exposed in utero and during the following two years to radio frequencies of 900 MHz, modulated according to two mobile telephone standards, GSM and CDMA , are more likely to develop a cancerous tumor.

Clearly, the effect of cell phone waves on health would be harmful. Other work has proven the influence of increased phone use on male fertility. And young adults around the world are at risk of suffering from “text neck”, a kind of stiff neck that affects screen addicts whose eyes, back, head and shoulders are lowered towards their smartphone or tablet. Not to mention this permanently refers to the self-image which sometimes increases narcissism. Networks can be quite damaging to the brain. It is obvious and clearly demonstrated that there is a link between mental health and time spent on social media.

Nomophobia and fomo

Many people are afraid of forgetting their cell phone. So used to having this little object all the time with us, that the very thought of parting with it makes us tremble. This phenomenon is called nomophobia, a contraction of the expression “No mobile phobia”.

Nomophobia is also associated with FOMO (Fear of Missing out). This expression refers to the anxiety of being disconnected, of missing events, conversations or videos that take place on social networks or on YouTube, for example, and which are an opportunity to interact socially. And when we know according to the study that young people aged 16 to 28 send an average of 109 messages and / or publications per day and more than 3,200 per month, this obsession with the permanent connection does not seem really ready to stop. .

These two disorders are linked to the fear of losing your cell phone, of not having it in front of you, or of missing important information. If this idea scares you, do not hesitate any longer and force yourself to carry out your digital detox cure …

In short, did you dream of getting away from it all and cutting yourself off from your everyday life this summer? Do not wait any longer, turn off your laptop and take the digital detox effort to reconnect with the present moment and the things essential to your life and your health!

Human beings need a real social bond, not an artificial one.

Sources :

  • Barometre Covid-19 Kantar 30 pays mars 2020
  • Wearesocial-digital-2021-france
  • Europe1-sante : pourquoi-est-il-important-de-limiter-son-utilisation-des-reseaux-sociaux
  • Kesari KK, Agarwal A (2018) Radiations and male fertility

 

Arnaud. C. (Docteur en Pharmacie)

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