If thinking about not having your computer, iPad, or cellphone for a day causes you major stress, you are not alone. Most people today are so engulfed in their technology that losing it would feel life-altering.
Think about a day in the office. The internet goes out—for an employee it may cause some sense of relief to step away from a task. As Web Editor-in-Chief of the University Journal, like many managers or bosses, lack of technology in my office would cause an almost panic-like state.
With the rising use of technology, doctors have recommended people practice “technology detoxing.” According to Oxford Dictionary, a “technology detox” is a “period during which an individual avoids using any electronic devices including computers, smartphones etc. as a chance to reduce stress and focus on social interaction in the outside world.”
In today’s society we typically hear of children being indoors more than out. According to Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D, from psychologytoday.com, indoor play is detrimental to the growth of children. In accordance with this information, Health Magazine and health.com say that staying inside on a technological device deprives us of two mental health needs: vitamin D and nature’s soothing effects.
Outdoor Editor Mitchell Quartz said taking a step away from technology gives students time to understand the beautiful world around them.
“For my job, being outside is my favorite part,” Quartz said. “I really suggest always taking a step back from whatever you’re doing to enjoy Southern Utah. Though CAPS is great for mental health, I think the outdoors is a good second choice.”
What I would recommended if you are working in an office space—or are ultimately obsessed with your technology—is to take take a walk each day in green space or, if possible, sit outside during your lunch break.