NEWS: Digital Detox Talk at SoHo House New York
GUIDELINES FOR DIGITAL HEALTH
June 10, 2014— Presented to Soho House
1. Keep a Balanced Diet
Maintain a healthy balance between digital, print and other forms of media.
Given that different forms of effect the brain, body and emotions in different and significant ways, a “balanced” media diet allows for different areas of the brain to remain active, not over stressing certain areas while allowing others to go dormant.
In particular, be mindful of the amount of “junk” media you consume.
2. Try “Fasting”
Once every week and certainly once every month, try shut off your phone and computer entirely. Experience what it is like to have no interruptions for the day. To pass the day in relative silence, and relative attunement to your “inner life.”
If possible, incorporate such fasting into your daily life- eliminating phones or social media interaction in the early hours of the morning and before bedtime.
3. Use Portion Control
The term “information overload” is a term used by scientists to describe what happens to the brain when it receives too much information and goes into a kind of “shock” state. To avoid this happening, start to become more selective about what you choose to take in (news, emails, phone calls) in order to avoid the feeling of disconnection that results for this overload.