We have all noticed how technology benefits our lives, but that’s only up to a certain point. After crossing the line, tech can take away the quality and actually make your live worse.
Research shows that constant exposure to digital notifications causes a high level of stress and even disease. At the end of 2016, France imposed a ban on sending business e-mails after the end of working hours, and the positive reactions that this news came across show that employees around the world can be identified with an ever-online-and-ever-accessible business culture. People want to have the right to be disconnected! And it’s the question with which the companies and laws will have to deal with sooner or later. But, as long as this time does not come, what can we do to reduce the stressful impact of addictions on digital technologies in everyday private and professional life?
The idea of digital minimalism is trying to answer this question and give guidelines for a practical and realistic approach to this problem. The goal is not to completely exclude or implement 48-hour detoxification from the digital world - most of people, for professional reasons, cannot afford such a thing. So, what is digital minimalism?
The movement was created in recent years on forums and websites dedicated to the minimalist philosophy of life. From the idea of minimalism in the physical world (which has recently been best illustrated by the great success of the book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo), the need for "cleaning up" digital life emerged. Also check Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix.
The abundance of applications, the presence on a number of social networks, the fear of losing personal information have led to a situation where children spend about nine and a half hours a day in front of the screen, and adults almost 11, after which they often feel the consequences.
Stress caused by constant "involvement" as a phenomenon was also recognized by commercial companies. Teen Vogue recently advised American teenagers "digital detox", advertising it as "cool activity in the style of the '90s."
Digital minimalists are starting from the assumption that they cannot completely escape the screens and instead invite users to think about what's important to them and which apps and networks are the important to them.
Most applications and networks offer some value (otherwise they could not be successful in business), but it’s worth considering what they really add to your everyday digital experience.
Cal Newport, one of the main advocates of the movement, has a very interesting tip, that got me thinking: "Be skeptical of tools that solve the problem that did not exist before them."
In the end, your own GLBrain is a great tool that combines the strengths of all the major social media, while not constantly disturbing you with notifications.