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As a society, we are becoming more and more attached to and reliant on our mobile devices. In Ireland, 87% of people have internet access, with 90% of those using the internet on a daily basis – that’s a 9 percentage point increase on 2013!
Of course, it’s hard NOT to be so attached to our devices when they do so much for us. Everything from the basics like staying in contact, to finding our way with Google maps, storing train tickets, and allowing us to access valuable information on the spot, like reviews to the best local restaurants. It’s hard to imagine leaving the house without one, if the worst happens and it’s lost or broken there’s a genuine sense of urgency to find a replacement ASAP.
As convenient as our devices are they can be detrimental to our health, welling being and family lives. Experts say digital devices are interfering with our sleep cycles and causing us to gain weight. While research by Dolmio found 72% of family arguments steam from devices at the dinner table.
Do the below symptoms sound familiar? If so it could be time to take a break from your devices.
- Panic sets in when you can’t find your phone
- You sleep with your phone close to you because you can’t bear to miss out
- Every time something happens in your life, your first instinct is to share it online.
- Your first move when you arrive anywhere is to take a selfie
- If you didn’t post it on Facebook did it even really happen?
- Your addiction is causing blurred vision, back pain and headaches but still you can’t step away
- Waiting on someone to text back for more than 5 minutes feels like a form of torture
- You spend more time “socialising” online than in real-life
- And when you do go out you can’t stay off your phone
- You spend so much time online you fail to get anything done, missing your goals every time
- You feel depressed looking at everyone’s “perfect” lives
- Social media is your first and last thought each day
- You find it difficult to ignore emails & switch off from work
- You’ve lost awareness of what’s going on around you.
- You are addicted to portraying the perfect life and get a buzz out of likes
- You constantly experience phantom phone vibrations
- Being out with your battery below 20% feels like life on the edge
Think it’s time for a digital detox? Find out how you can set time aside to disconnect from all your devices.
Have you ever had a digital detox? Share your experience with us on social media by using the hashtag #myIrishlife, or leave a comment below.
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