February 5, 2024 at 11:04 am #427595
Hi all, I’m on a journey to shift my digital habits from unconscious and automatic (feels like addiction sometimes) to becoming more regulated and empowered and using tech in a way that contributes to my wellbeing. I’m curious to hear about others experiences and talk to others that are on a similar path. I am practicing mindfulness, doing inner child work, and looking into other modalities and flow states etc on my path to transformation. I am finding that I have less stress response and more purpose since I’ve been doing the work. Curious to hear about others experiences on this journey! 🙏🏼✨February 5, 2024 at 11:15 am #427598anitaParticipant
Welcome to your forum! I am not sure I understand: do you mean that you want this forum to be your personal wellbeing journal, as in journaling your “path to transformation”, as you called it?
And when you ask for others’ experiences in this journey, do you have more specific questions?
anitaFebruary 6, 2024 at 1:46 am #427618RobertaParticipant
Well done for taking the first steps on detoxing your digital input.
I agree with you that excessive use of technology has all the hallmarks of addiction. Like ignoring things & people, continuing use even when the enjoyment factor is no longer there.
Making the decision to use media as a tool rather than a prop.
I delete games that I consider that I play too much. Also unscribed to emails that are not purposeful. I am not on facebook which sometimes can be a disadvantage for local community activities.
I also switch off from my laptop an hour before I go to bed and i read something purposeful for at least half hour before sleep.
Spending more time outside and lhaving meaningful interacts also help
Good luck with your journey.
RobertaFebruary 6, 2024 at 7:27 am #427631
hi Anita –
I am specifically interested in exploring ‘digital wellbeing,’ meaning our relationship with technology and if it is empowering (contributing to purpose, focus and thriving) or disempowering (creating dependency, anxiety, depression, loneliness etc.).
My personal belief is that establishing a healthy relationship with tech is a key factor to flourishing in our world and am curious how others might approach it and what unique personal experiences they may have in the process.
Specific questions might be: what is your daily relationship with your phone and tech (ie., do you sleep w phone, do you check in morning asap, how many hours of screen time daily, do you try to practice any self-regulation, do you use it in an intentional way that helps you realize goals or find yourself losing hours scrolling), do you feel shame around some of your usage, do you use wearables, do you know anyone who struggles with digital addiction issues like online shopping, gambling, gaming etc or even simple productivity and focus? I’m also curious if people have wellbeing practices that my somehow balance out or mitigate their tech dependencies.
Any insights greatly appreciated and really believe this is an important conversation to have! 🙂 DavidFebruary 6, 2024 at 7:28 am #427632
And thank you Roberta, very helpful and supportive!February 6, 2024 at 9:02 am #427636anitaParticipant
Thank you for explaining “digital technology” and “digital wellbeing” for me. I wasn’t familiar with the terms and below, you can see why…
“Specific questions might be: what is your daily relationship with your phone and tech (i.e.., do you sleep w phone, do you check in morning asap, how many hours of screen time daily..“- I am probably, maybe one of the few people in the world who did not have a phone for over a year and didn’t miss it. I lost my phone back in Oct 2022 while picking apples from trees, and didn’t have it replaced until late Jan this year, that’s 15 months of no phone, and not missing it. I used my phone minimally before losing it (calls, texts, and taking photos, that is all), and now that I have a fancy new phone, I find it difficult to motivate myself to use it. it’s just sitting there.
In addition to the above, I do not have Facebook, nor do I participate in any social media platform. My only experience with digital technology is personal email, and here, on tiny buddha via my 4th laptop (I broke all the others from overuse and from sugar accumulating on the keyboard due to .. sugar addiction, not to digital addiction). So, I suppose I am not the right person to respond to the important and very relevant topic you brought up… (relevant to 99% (+) of the population out there, that is).