Cleanses and detoxes have vastly risen in popularity in recent years, with different juices, diets and spices being the answer to a healthy happy life. These have all largely been debated as to whether they are really beneficial and even healthy.
We all have this nostalgic view of the good old days before the internet, before social media, before Virtual Reality, before 3D and before you could reach anyone at any given time – but is it all really a bad thing? Should we be giving our minds a rest and cutting ourselves off from a technology filly world every now and again?
A digital detox is a temporary period of fully disconnecting from all digital devices to focus on social interaction, reduce stress, and be fully present in the world ‘offline’.
The term ‘digital detox’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013, just six years after the launch of the first iphone.
Benefits of a digital detox have said to be things like being more peaceful, taking time to think more and connect more with those around and it is also said to make you more productive.
But what if Digital detoxes aren't moving us onward. Instead, they make us think that the prehistoric time before the web, before social networks, or before a quarter of the world’s population were walking around with super-computers in our pockets was somehow superior to what we have now – endless possibilities and the wold closer and easier to access than ever before.
Maybe we'll come to think that digital isn't toxic - in fact, it's quite the opposite. That the things we're urged to turn off can actually nourish us. That embracing the world as it is today is healthy, and that switching it all off, without consideration or moderation, is just as mad as starving yourself for 100 days and nights with only drinking a mix of water and pepper to nourish you.