Quickclass believes that the breakneck evolution of smartphones and tablets and their impact on education over the last decade has been, in balance, a really GOOD thing. Its almost as though the 2nd decade of our Internet Age took all the promise of the 90’s Web 1.0 and spread it to 10 times as many people globally. Sharing all of humanity’s knowledge via ubiquitous handheld devices has been a boon to our collective collaboration, connections and creativity globally like no other invention in history.
That’s not to say there aren’t problems though. The rate at which so much of our attention has become digitised, and how deeply it pervades all of our lives has been an overwhelming assault on our pre-digital habits and behaviours. The constant stream of dopamine-tiggering notification pings has turned us into Pavlov-dogs, constantly waiting for the bell to ring as we check our phones between 50 and 300 times a day…
Ask yourself if any of the following sounds familiar… interacting with your device keeps you up late or deprives you of sleep, reduces time spent with family or friends, interfers with ability to finish work, ever means you’re inadvertantly rude (like interrupting a conversation you’re in the middle of by dropping your eyes to your phone), or that you no longer have time to just sit with your own thoughts? Sound familiar? We’ve all been there, for at least a few of these symptoms…
Device addiction has been connected with depression, lower self-esteem and what’s laughed at as FOMO is actually having long-term profound psychological impacts on our collective happiness as a society.
Trouble is, we can’t make it go away, life can increasingly simply not function without our devices aiding us in some way. So, are we lost and doomed?
In response, a movement of digital-detoxing is rapidly gaining ground in the public’s psyche. One of the most popular and seemingly effective approaches is to have a Weekly Day-Off – chose your 24-hour period – Friday-evening to Saturday-evening is a good suggestion to begin – and put all your phones, tablets and laptops in a drawer, switched off.
See what happens next.
The more this idea sounds terrifying – leaving you alone and naked in an analog world – the more you probably really need a break, and drastic action of actually trying it will show you a lot about how our behaviours have changed and possibly parts of ourselves that have been lost.
Even if this doesn’t become the weekly habit that many individuals and families have found have recovered something of themselves with, its worth planning the occasional Day-Off.
Again, as a digital education company, suggesting turning your screens off might seem ironic. Quickclass believes though in a balanced life and that its also essential to save our brains from too much of anything!
Fancy putting those devices away this Friday evening? Time for an analog date with yourself and your loved ones?
Be brave… you can do it!