It’s time to do a digital detox | OP-ED

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Digital Detox: a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.

It seems now we live in a time where being self absorbed is the norm. We don’t look up enough to notice the people around us. It’s almost to the point where our cell phones have become a sort of mental prison cell. 

There is no wonder why when you do something unauthorized to your phone they call it jailbreaking, right?  Truth be told, we hold ourselves in these prison “cells,” even acting like we’ve lost our minds when we lose them.  

When was the last time you took an electronic detox? There are places for electronic retreats popping up all over. The attitude of the average cell phone user is so self absorbed that we barely look into it unless it is completely mandatory to obey our phone’s every beep and click like a message from the gods.  The saddest part, yet, is that the productivity is not the time spent on these devices (yes even pads and laptops). 

Some of us have spent so much time online, basically addicted to social media, i.e. Facebook, Instagram etc., and electronics all together that we have let it raise our children, who no doubt have been introduced to it’s less than innocent side. The real question is what have we gained ?  In other words for the lost time and broken families divided what do we have to show for it? Granted there are a few overnight internet sensations and others who have worked hard to gain subscribers and in return have jumped a few tax brackets, but at the end of the day if we have a whole generation disconnected was it worth it at all? Sorry did I say disconnected? I mean if we have a whole world connected digitally but disconnected personally what have we gained? 

Mr. Sekhu Atum Rayay

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