Connection and Disconnection: Is digital detox beneficial?

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When you go to bed, do you sleep with your smartphone or tablet by your bedside? What do you do when you first wake up in the morning? Do you check your email, Facebook page or Instagram all the time? You just can’t seem to go even ten minutes after waking up without checking posts and updates on various social media platforms.

This behavior is true for so many of us. Some people view it as negative behavior because it takes us away from the more important tasks and events of the day. Many people have actually chosen to step away and take a break from social media altogether; this is known as digital detox. However, I personally don’t think digital detox is a necessary thing to do. The decisions to disconnect quit or “detox” our lives from this Ecologic new scenario, more than subjective criticisms about authenticity and more fulfilling experiences (Jurgenson, 2013).

One of the biggest benefits of social media is that you have the ability to connect with people anywhere at almost any time and it helps to enhance and maintain our personal relationships. There are a number of social media platforms that I use to engage and connect with the rest of the world. I use Social media like Facebook, Instagram, WeChat and Blogs etc. every day and every hour to share my life with my family and friends.

Van Dijck (2013) presents an opinion of connective media as “a system that nourishes and in turn is nourished by social and cultural norms that simultaneously evoke in our everyday world”. In effect what is being describing is that connective media profiles the user as much as the user profiles the media.

I spend a certain amount of my time browsing my social media accounts and other sites, but I am able to weigh the pros and cons of the Internet and its use. There are times when I use it for days and completely shut off the real physical world without even leaving the house. De Boer (2014) stated that “you can take a break, but there is no escape”. While some people may delete their accounts, often they just don’t check in. In my opinion, complete disconnectedness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

“If we could only pull ourselves away from screens and stop trading the real for the simulated, we would reconnect with our deeper truth” (Jurgenson,2013). I don’t believe that digital connectivity is destroying our social lives and isolating people. Rather, they are helping everyone to connect with the world in a way, which was not possible before the availability of the Internet. The desire to spend more time being ‘disconnected’ points out flaws in our society, we should feel more connected through technology but instead we can feel isolated, belittled, judged and isolated by the online community.

References:
Jurgenson, N. (2013) ‘The Disconnectionists’, The New Inquiry, viewed 28 August 2017, <http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/the-disconnectionists/>.
Van Dijck, J. (2013) ‘The Ecosystem of Connective Media’ pp. 154–176.
DeBoer, F. (2014) ‘Digital Breaks, or “Breaks”’, The Dish, viewed 21 August,
<http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/08/19/digital-breaks-or-breaks/>
Horning, R. (2016) ‘Ambient Awareness’, The New Inquiry, viewed 28 Aug 2017, <http://thenewinquiry.com/blogs/marginal-utility/ambient-awareness/>.

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