How to do a digital detox?

Life during the most connected era in human history has many positives – distant relatives are just a FaceTime session away, and the answer to almost any question that comes to mind is at your fingertips.

But too much technology — whether it’s time spent on smartphones, social media or other digital screens — can have unintended consequences.

“Overuse of technology can take time away from activities like sleeping, exercising, and socializing, all of which are important for well-being,” says Carol Vidal, MD, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Medicine in Baltimore.

A review published in June 2020 in Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience noted that frequent use of technology is associated with increased attention deficit symptoms, decreased emotional and social intelligence, technology addiction, social isolation, impaired brain development, and in some cases, disrupted sleep.