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Why you need a digital detox

Anywhere you go, if you look around, you will see people glued to their phones. We’ve become so dependent on technology that many feel like they can’t live without it. Have you ever left your phone at home? You probably thought it was the end of the world. This may be a sign you need a digital detox.

So, what exactly is a digital detox? Simply put, it consists of taking some time away from technology or social media. Just as you declutter your home during a spring cleaning, unplugging from technology and social media can be a good way to cleanse your mind and start fresh this spring.

What does that look like for you? You may choose to cut out social media usage for a set period, or just limit your usage to a few hours a day; it’s up to you.

Here are some of the benefits of a digital detox:


Let’s face it, technology and social media can be stressful. As we scroll though curated photos and videos on sites like Instagram, we doubtless feel the pressure to be perfect — or at least create the appearance of perfection. Reducing your digital consumption will allow you to focus your attention elsewhere and be more relaxed.


I don’t know how many times I have gone online to clear a notification quickly and wound up scrolling for hours. Putting electronic devices down gives you better control of your time, and that need to constantly check them goes away.


Spending less time scrolling online lets you have better in-person interactions with friends and family. Without the distraction of devices, you may be surprised by the conversations that arise.


Research has shown that technology use before bed can interfere with sleep. Limiting your time online, especially within an hour or two before bedtime, you will notice that your sleep improves.

Just like any other detox, putting away the electronic devices will be hard at first. But by the time you’re finished, you will be surprised and amazed how much better you feel.

Written by Ariel Chamberlain

Ariel Chamberlain is mom and lifestyle blogger based on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Connect with her via Instagram (@thelemonsoflife1, her blog ( or by email at

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