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A digital detox podcast

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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.

As far as I'm concerned, I can relate to this short podcast. During the first lockdown in March I was spending nearly twelve hours a day on my phone, every day for over three months. Having all the classes remote doesn't help, I can't concentrate for more than an hour, if I don't look at my phone I feel like I'm going to miss important information: like a schedule change, a cancelled class, a reminder of work to do.
So after this confinement, I decided to get as far away from all screens as possible as some days I unlocked my phone nearly a hundred times a day. Moreover I set up a time reminder on instagram that notifies me when I go over the allowed time. These first steps I took made me aware of my consequent screen time. Now, when I work I put up the airplane mode on my iPhone in order to avoid all of the disruptions.

Personally, I am someone who use his phone too much. I am using my phone for 7h a day during the week and next to 10h a day during the weekend. Most of the time I spend on my phone is a waste of time, I do nothing on it, I just look at it. I am sure I am addict to my phone because when I do not look at my phone for one hour, I feel like I have to unlock it even when I know I have nothing to see or to do with it. I have already thought about doing a digital detox weekend or week just to learn the life without my phone. For the time being I haven’t done it but that is, for sure, something I am going to do in the coming years.

I would like to tell you about my personal case. I'm not a phone person, but I still spend about six hours a day on the phone. I find it very important and I often think that I would like to go back in time to when there were no telephones and live there for a few moments. I'm only 20 years old but I've noticed an evolution in the use of the telephone. When I was at school, I didn't use my phone much, it was only used to call if I had a problem, but seven or eight years later, I can't help but notice that the phone has become more important in my life. Indeed, after every class I feel obliged to look at my phone, especially to consult social networks. Despite this, I think my screen time is still reasonable compared to some of my classmates.

I would like to tell you about my personal case. I'm not a phone person, but I still spend about six hours a day on the phone. I find it very important and I often think that I would like to go back in time to when there were no telephones and live there for a few moments. I'm only 20 years old but I've noticed an evolution in the use of the telephone. When I was at school, I didn't use my phone much, it was only used to call if I had a problem, but seven or eight years later, I can't help but notice that the phone has become more important in my life. Indeed, after every class I feel obliged to look at my phone, especially to consult social networks. Despite this, I think my screen time is still reasonable compared to some of my classmates.

Personally, as a student in lock-down, I turned off most of my notifications, except the ones with friends, but the temptation of the phone just next to me is a really big deal. I've juste found that my average screen time for last week was over 14h per day, including my laptop. And it will be very difficult to reduce because I work on my laptop all day long, and when I'm not on it, I use my phone to check on friends or social media to interact because I'm stuck at home and do not have that much classes at university to see them. So it helps me to stay in touch, but every notification is a distraction for when I'm working on something so I turn on the "do not disturb" mode and try to hide my phone.

I think I need a difital dextox too, with the quarentine I get really tired everyday.

İ am using my laptop and phone for more than twelve hour per day to make useful research to complete my Ph.D and to keep in touch with my friends and relatives. I am far from home because of my job. I think it could be rewarding for me to do a digital detox. İ have already started by switching off all the notifications on my phone. Furthermore, I regulate the time I spend on social media. No more than 2 hours a day. İ could ensure you it has increased significantly my professional and intellectual productivity. The next step will be as Vince mentioned to ask myself each time I would like to use my phone or my computer, whether it is worthy and what is it for? İt will indubitably increase my awareness of the grid my devices still have on me. Thanks.

I would like to do a digital detox I think it's necessary, because we all are becoming depending on entirely our devices, especially our smartphones. So we waste our time, whereas we could make a better use of that.

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