While hyper-connectivity is undeniably a good thing, it also has a dark side: it’s created a culture of instant availability and passive interaction, which has huge consequences for our wellbeing and creative potential. To ensure our relationship with tech stays healthy, we need to be more mindful and intentional about how we use it. In the age of perpetual distraction, here are 21 simple ways to look after your digital health.
What is good digital health?
The whole idea of “digital wellness” is a reaction to the ton of unproductive digital interactions that creep into our everyday lives. Things like notifications, pings and pushes that interrupt our focus, as well as the negative behaviors they encourage – like compulsive email checking and the pressure to answer Slack messages immediately.
While we might brush them off as “small annoyances”, when put together these intrusions represent a mammoth distraction. It's sparked an online movement pushing people to take better care of their digital health – led by thinkers like Giancarlo Pitocco.
But what does “good digital health” look like? In practice, it means:
Ultimately, looking after your digital health means building an active and intentional relationship with technology – being purposeful about how we use it and achieving something meaningful, instead of being sucked into unrewarding cycles of passive interaction and distraction.