Switching off

Why digital time out inspires

When did we actually get into the habit of always doing everything at the same time? Is multifunctionality in all areas of life part of the efficiency that is propagated everywhere? Do we still manage to realise special moments, to enjoy the beauty, to pause and take a deep breath?

A cosy evening on the sofa, the new episode of the streaming science fiction series is playing on the TV. The carbonara is in front of me while I chat with people from the running group and check whether anyone has liked my last Facebook post. Sounds worrying? It is. Especially since sleep researchers and psychologists agree that this relaxation does little for relaxation. It has long been proven that the intensive use of digital devices not only leads to stress, but also to concentration and sleep disorders. No wonder, given that the average user reaches for their smartphone every 12 minutes.


The recipe for online junkies

In order for online junkies to be able to come down from the digital trip and reorganise their thoughts, it is important to give oneself regular, clearly defined breaks.

In plain language, this means data detox: put away your smartphone, mute it and deactivate push messages. It's hard to believe how quickly you realise that even after a break you haven't missed anything digitally important and that there are wonderful alternatives to scrolling through your accounts. During such excursions into the analogue world, it is possible to generate new ideas, gather inspiration and see the beautiful things in life with completely different eyes.