By Ananya Mohapatra
‘Digital detox’ is one of the latest entrants in the Oxford Dictionary, defined as a period of time during which a person takes a break from cellphones and social media.
For those who live under a rock, this concept is a way of life. But what about the rest who subsist on ‘tweets’ and ‘likes’ ? They might say that the internet and cellphone are part of their 9-to-5 jobs or a necessity to stay connected or for school projects. But those are the excuses we save for our parents. Very few, if any, actually do just that with their devices.
The social media is a balm for the voyeur in us. Let’s face it – we do snoop on people on social media when no one is watching. We rub our palms in glee when we see the school bullies not packing a punch in real life. Or the prettiest girl from college gaining enough weight to put the hippos at Nandankanan to shame. We tweet the views of the misogynistic boss and watch him being devoured by feminists worldwide.
But the saddest part of this vicious circle is that we would rather talk to strangers than the person sitting right beside us.
Digital detox is chicken soup for your careworn soul. But it is pointless if you plunge headlong into your old habits the day after. Kudos to those who manage to keep it up. But for the lesser mortals who can’t, the key is portion control – spending free time with people who matter.
You might be disconnected from the rest of the world for a while but you will get the simple joys of your real world back.