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A digital detox podcast

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Upper intermediate: B2


Yes, I like to do digital detox. Everyone should try to this and should spend time with family and myself. If you spend a lot of time on screen you ignore this beautiful world. Use degital detox and enjoying it.
Some people thinks that spend time on screen is for entertainment and avoid tension. But this is not true. Spend time on screen is not for entertainment and avoid tension. I suggest that everyone should adopt digital detox and do other activities such as Play football, cricket etc.and doing drawing.

Before, I was not spending so much time on my phone, but I went to live in another city for my studies, and to keep in touch with my friends and my family, I spent more and more time on my phone.
And now, the algorithm of applications like Instagram or Tik Tok are designed to push users to spend more and more time on the application.
Sometimes, I lose myself on YouTube, I lose my time instead of reading a book or drawing.
However, I think it is difficult to fix it: because of the pandemic, we must stay digitally connected, for our studies and to keep in contact with our friends and our family.
I would like to do a digital detox camp. A group of people goes to a forest, without phone, to do different activities such as meditation. It can be a good idea to return to the essential, with nature all around.

I agree with what Amanda's opinion. I also think digital detox is a way of decompression, and allows us to get back to essential things
We will surely all need it at the end of the pandemic, because staying work at home, on our computers so we spend our entire days behind our screens, and that we can forget what is really important (family, friends, read a good book…).
I think it's kind of a way to be “reset” in terms of digital pressure, so obviously it can only be positive.
Personally I know that I’m too much in front of my phone, but I don't give myself time to pause everything, I think I want to do a digital detox, I will try this.

In my opinion, a digital detox is a good idea for a few hours or days during the weekend, for instance. I am aware that the screens are very time-consuming. A digital detox could allow to rest and have some distance from social media for example. I can keep scrolling for a long time on social media like Instagram. I also often check my notifications, emails, messages. So, in the end, I didn't do anything else.
To remedy this, I have even installed an application timer for some apps, which allows me to lock them for a time I set. But it's not enough yet and I still spend a lot of time on my phone. A digital detox could allow me to do other things such as cooking or reading a book for instance.

In my opinion, I think that it's a great idea and this experience would be very helpful for me. Because I spend so much time looking at screens especially during this pandemic where people mostly use their phones to communicate and to keep in touch with their family and friends so we're becoming completely dependent on our devices and we're wasting a lot of time checking on our social media. And this can be stressful and harmful to our health because this can lead to headaches or red or watery eyes or discomfort.

I should try this method too! Being a student, I pass all my days on screens especially since the university closed and I have distance-learning courses. Concerning my computer, lessons are on Teams or Zoom, so I have no other choice. As for my phone, I know exactly why I spend so much time on it: to talk to my friends and family of course, but also to think about something else other than courses. I have to admit that I surf a lot on social media.... The problem is that now, at night I have a headache and neckache by dint incline of my head forward. Furthermore, during some times, after some months working alone in my bedroom, I had some difficulties to focus. To solve it, I force myself to don’t look at my phone; when it’s possible, I print lessons to work on paper and I start meditation to increase concentration. Finally, I accept now to sometimes have a break to decompress with my family without any screens.

I share Amanda’s opinion, namely, to do several times a digital detox. Indeed, we are constantly on our screens, both professionally and personally This is especially right since the global pandemic, where teleworking is boosted and students have to take their courses online. But to me, there is a paradox. Indeed, we are concerned about the health risks of being increasingly on our screens, but today, digital is a major asset for companies and as a student I really need them to work, to do my research or to keep in touch with my friends for instance.

However, a few months ago I found out how many hours I spend on my phone every day. Although I don't spend 12 hours a day on my phone like Amanda or my classmates, I must admit that I am completely dependent to screens, both my cell phone and my laptop. Indeed, I am on it to work but also when I don't have any specific research to do. This is the issue.

At this time, I decided to do a mini digital detox by turning off notifications and by setting a time limit per day for some applications such as Instagram or Snapchat. Indeed, even if phones or other devices make my life easier, they also make it easier to waste time, to be less productive and sometimes to have headaches. In my opinion, screens should remain tools to accomplish tasks, not tools that prevent us from doing them. However, I must admit that it's pretty hard to resist the temptation to have a look at my mobile phone.

In the future, I would still like to try to have a day without screens. Indeed, I am convinced it would enable me to do more cultural and artistic activities like when I was children and didn't have a phone.

I feel very concerned about this subject because as a student taking online courses, I spend well over 12 hours in front of screens each day. I think a large majority today experience some form of addiction with screens and especially the phone. The recommendations Amanda is making are helpful to me, especially removing unnecessary notifications. Personally I get about 300-400 notifications a day and I think that sorting it out would decrease my screen time. On the other hand, I don't think that stopping using screens altogether for a few days or even a week is achievable because in our time it is a real need.

With the confinement my "watchtime" exploded, having to stay at home, taking classes at a distance, the only possibility to have exchanges was on connected platforms. A bottomless spiral... To remedy this I also stopped the notifications on my cell phone, put my cell phone out of my room to finally work in peace. Having your phone next to you during distance learning is a dangerous distraction. I think that screen time should be reduced to a fixed amount of time, not to exceed it and to be satisfied with it. In the years to come, the development of digital detoxes will multiply. The hyperconnectivity of society will soon have no limit, some people will have difficulty with it.

One of the questions we can ask ourselves is, will we end up overcoming the digitalization of society? We are still young, but as we get older will we still be able to cope with it?

I agree with what the listener is saying. It is true that I am like most young people of my age, almost constantly on my mobile. Spending almost 10 hours a day on the screen and often accumulating several of them. I think it's first of all because I grew up with the development of new technologies and especially social networks. It has become normal for me to be constantly with my mobile, computer... so even if it allows us to keep in touch with our friends especially in these special times, I realise that at the end of the day I haven't learnt much of anything interesting and that most of the content I look at is futile and without interest.
With the distance learning courses, I'm already on my laptop a lot.
I think it's time to try and do what Amanda did and only use them when necessary.
In any case I would like to reduce my screen time, to stop completely would be utopian, especially at the moment because they allow me to follow the courses but to reduce my screen time and especially not to use them when I am with people.