Life Unplugged Reset, Relax, Reconnect: A Digital Detox Workbook by Meleah Bowles & Elise Williams Rikard
This is the best book... workbook... journal I've read so far regarding the toxic effects of being constantly connected. The authors go about it in a very light, humorous, and healthy way. They never make you feel like you are a bad person, or that you are wrong. They just want to help you get your life back, as in off the screens and into the real world.
The reasons why a digital detox are necessary for good physical and mental health are provided in clear and simple terms. This isn't a textbook to slog through. It's clear and to the point. Too much screen time or digital time harms our mental health, our work, and our relationships. Overuse of technology can harm our attention span and relationships, disrupt our sleep, and even has the potential to harm our children.
Even with the previous paragraph highlighting many of the negative aspects of constantly being connected, this book is by no means a downer. It is actually very positive and uplifting. It encourages, gives ideas, and hopefully makes you laugh.
Here are a few quotes from the book:
"Open Facebook and someone is either getting engaged or sharing opinions no one asked for."
"Pop over to Twitter and you'll be bombarded with celebrities yelling at other celebrities for not doing (red: tweeting) enough to solve the world's problems."
And my favorite:
"What are you going to do with those three and a half hours a day? The time you usually spend looking at what your friends are eating could now be spent doing literally anything..."
The workbook includes plenty of room to answer a plethora of questions to help you on your detox. Things like, "Why I should detox", "I'm detoxing because", and my favorite, "How did I "Go Outside"." There are also questions asking how many hours a day you use various devices, along with a small assortment of challenge sections like "get off the grid" (for example go full dark for a certain period of time).
If you want to explore how much time you actual spend in the digital world, but don't want to be lectured and just want something light, yet attainable, I think you'll really enjoy this little workbook. The goal isn't to remove yourself from the digital world forever, rather it's to help you reconnect with the real world, find yourself again and learn to practice moderation when you are engaged digitally.
Overall, enlightening, fun, & useful. I am more than pleased.
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