I unplugged for two weeks over the holidays... and it was incredible. :)
I'd be giving myself too much credit if I said that my two week tech tox was done on purpose using any sort of willpower. Over the holiday break I simply just kind of forgot to use my computer/social media. Once I finally returned to Oxford, I turned everything back on and discovered that my digital world was still turning. The absence was enlightening.
Instead of scrolling through my newsfeed or reading threads posted in a number of Oxford's debate groups, I learned to knit with my partner's mother and sister, made yummy food, snuggled a number of puppies, went on a bunch of walks and spent time lounging around with friends. I felt so unencumbered (although I'm sure this had to do with the absence of work/university responsibilities as well!) and was shockingly productive!
That's not to say that you should feel guilty for spending a lot of time at a computer/other devices. Many of us are required to. However, now that I'm back at work (and thus my computer) I hope to be able to apply a few of the lessons I learned while unplugged. Today, for example, I decided to go for a cycle with my partner rather than browsing Pinterest and blogging right away. When I find myself needing a break from academics, rather than opening up social media I hope to turn to my new hobby (knitting!) instead.
There are tons of ways to tech tox that don't require completing turning away from all technology and living in the woods. Even just choosing to do something active, relaxing or fun for yourself can make a difference in how you feel. Give it a shot and let us know how it goes. xx