Digital vacation can lead to multiple benefits

Sophomore Addison Burleson  decided to resist using her phone over Thanksgiving weekend

“During those days,” Burleson said, “I spent my time decorating my room for Christmas, working on a painting and reading a book I’ve wanted to read.” 

Burleson said she found it difficult to navigate social events without her phone. “It was tough at family gatherings, but I managed to engage more in conversations.” During her internet detox, Burleson said she became more productive, creating a festive room setting and finishing a painting. This is consistent with research associating less screen time to increased creativity and productivity, demonstrating the practical benefits of avoiding continual digital contact.

Burleson said, “I mean, I wouldn’t give up my phone forever, but I believe it would benefit many people if they reduced their screen time to 1 to 2 hours per day because I’ve been noticing myself getting lazy and procrastinating on things lately, but when I wasn’t using my phone, I noticed myself being much more productive.”

She has found the escape from constant cell phone notifications rewarding. “Strangely, I didn’t feel any withdrawal symptoms, Being rid of incessant digital notifications was actually refreshing.”

Notifications increase the addictive aspect of cellphones, and each one triggers dopamine release, increasing the desire to check devices on a regular basis.

Burleson said, “It’s pleasing to enjoy the holiday season without constant digital distractions.” 

Phone restrictions can help reduce the negative effects of excessive screen time. Burleson’s story is an example of the bigger issue around smartphone addiction. Burleson’s digital detox proves the possibility of freedom and self-discovery in an age driven by continual digital connectedness.

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